here they are not protected but you are still only allowed to kill them if they pose a threat to livestock(which in a state that allows free range cattle is a very broad area). we have western diamonbacks in the valleys and timber rattlers in the mountains and my boss is just lucky enough to have both. he caught one in his hay baler and chopped in it half unkowingly he only found the tail but it has 12 buttons on the rattle...that's a huge timber rattler for these parts.
ignore my complete lack of capitalization. I still have no problem correcting your grammar.
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