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A first: Roundup gets state permit
State DNR requires wildlife exhibition license for event
W Claxton Snake
In this Herald file photo from a previous Rattlesnake Roundup festival, a rattler's venom is "milked." For the first time in its 44-year history, Claxton's roundup was required by the Georgia DNR to get a permit. - photo by Herald File
After being put on notice by a national environmental group, state authorities have required Claxton's rattlesnake roundup to get a permit as a wildlife exhibitor, apparently for the first time in its 44-year history. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources issued the permit March 4 for the Evans County Wildlife Club to exhibit live rattlesnakes during the March 12-13 festival. The club paid a $59 fee, provided information about its snake corral and holding pens, and described what goes on there as an educational exhibit.
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