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It's not intolerance it's common sense.
If you don't want to draw attention to yourself just leave your snake pole and collection gear at home.
why would you carry this into a National Park anyway? ... TWWG
It's all about protecting the snakes and other reptiles, not about targeting and running off the reptile enthusiast or confiscating property.
And that decoy is what you stopped to look at, would you be happy to spend a half hour or better on the side of the road letting them search your vehicle?
If the Ranger in the above scenario asks to search my vehicle and I refuse, what happens?
The same is true if you have a sotol stick in your vehicle. The officials don't know if you've taken it from the park or not.
For that reason I support everything the rangers do, even if it results in a reasonable vehicle search. My truck was searched and I have no complaints. More power to 'em.
They are very reasonable and won;t confiscate anything or ticket you unless you are a threat to one of the treasures of the park.
Quote from: "JeffB"For that reason I support everything the rangers do, even if it results in a reasonable vehicle search. My truck was searched and I have no complaints. More power to 'em. I hope that was because you consented. If you didn't that would scare me more than anything else. Abuse of power is antithical to constitutional protections. You might find that acceptable, I don't.QuoteThey are very reasonable and won;t confiscate anything or ticket you unless you are a threat to one of the treasures of the park.Being 'reasonable' is not a condition of performing a search. Nor is being a 'threat'. The requirement is 'probable cause' or 'consent'.
Yes they asked to search and I consented.
I would rarely take an adversarial stance when park rangers are doing their job. We had nothing to hide and their approach was proper under the circumstances.
I had a much different experience with a park ranger at Enchanted Rock and a border agent at Del Rio but that's another story.
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