The only place that has multiples of highly aggressive rattle snakes are in the remote river valleys. They really seem to be getting thick on the Klickitat and Grand Ronde rivers. I hate walking in on any of those rivers, you just know they are everywhere and are known to bite at wader boots without warning. I agree that killing them is the wrong. Staying away from the infested areas is probably the safest thing to do. I have never seen one myself but that's what I've heard.
I took a picture of a Rattler snake crap. As you can see by their diet the snakes are big over here.
This is a very interesting topic. First off, the snake don't want anything to do with you. and the snake will probably just leave that location once it figures out it's been discovered.
The rattle snake is a pit viper, and like most snakes its tongue tells it more then it's eyes, If the snake detects a small warm object, it goes into the strike and kill mode for something to eat, if the snake detects a large warm object, it then goes into the defense mode and will strike in self defense.
The rest is up to you, pick a fight with the snake, or go fishing?
Not knowing the leagality of such actions as killing rattlesnakes, I contact the WDFW and it was confirmed that it is leagal but only if you have a hunting license. Otherwise you will be breaking the law if you harrass them without warrent.
Now starlings on the other hand are fair game to anyone who wants to take them out.
Rattlesnakes do taste a bit like a cross between a chicken and frog legs and fish.
I hate snakes more than anything. I killed the snakes because there is no way in hell they will bite you next time when they are dead the first time. I live in a place where rattlers are everywhere, and if you guys want to come over and do some nature watching, be my guest, but I will kill all that I see and can. Sorry if you don't agree, but when I stepped on the tail of a 5 1/2 foot rattler in the middle of nowhere, it made me want to keep the gun. I stepped off a rock and landed on its tail, where it did strike at me, but it was halfway through some rabbit brush, so when it struck, it was stopped short by the branch. We shot it, and a few minutes later, another gentleman came by and thanked us for killing the snake. I'm not the only one who kills them.
I truly feel sorry for you with that attitude. I'm not "pissed off" just have no idea where you area coming from. You can't tell me that each of them cirtters was poised to strike. If you found (8), you be looking to do the mayhem.
From your description of the rabbit brush and rocks, you be traipsing through the wrong places in rattlesnake country. To each his own.
All snakes were shot while walking down the creek. I meant in no way to chase and shoot them, but just because a couple weren't "poised to strike" doesn't mean they wouldn't get you on the way back. The only reason I would even attempt to walk through any of these places is for the lure of massive hopper eating trout that will blow your mind. I was not imposing that you were pissed, but just because what I do is horrible in the eyes of some, is completely normal where I come from. When I move to Seattle in June, I will no longer kill rattlers. Hell, I can jump off as many rocks in to bushes as I like... I might just do that.
If Connor has a hunting liscense then he is ok to kill the snakes. I assume that he does. I won't kill ducks anymore or rabbits but I don't begrudge those who do. Although I don't believe anyone kills them because they hate them. I used to kill spiders, because I hated them but now I'm much better educated about their real danger, so now I leave them alone.