Q. Does Iowa still have a bounty on pocket gopher feet and rattlesnake rattles? — Donald

A. We contacted the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for more information. Alex Murphy, public information officer, responded:

"No, and to our knowledge, the DNR has never issued a bounty for either pocket gopher feet or rattlesnake rattles. We believe individual counties may have offered bounties several years ago on pocket gopher feet."

An article posted on Dec. 9, 2014, on KCCI 8, Des Moines, mentioned that 63 of Iowa's 99 counties responded to a survey about bounties. At that time, only eight of the responding counties in Iowa still paid bounties on gopher paws.

Regarding bounties on rattlesnake rattles, here is an excerpt from HerpNet.net:

"Bounties have been paid for rattlesnakes in several Iowa counties. The bounty was lifted, but by then many dens were destroyed. Iowa bounties claimed for C. horridus for three of the highest ranking counties from 1925 to 1952 showed an obvious decrease in numbers of snakes. Between 1941 and 1952, Allamakee County recorded a total of 4898 snakes with the maximum claimed in 1941 (860) and the Minimum in 1948 (188). Between 1925 and 1952, Clayton County recorded a total of 8095 snakes; max. 1932 (788) and min. 1951(39). Between 1926 and 1952, Dubuque County reported a total of 7249 snakes taken with the max. 1940 (1643) and min. 1948 (49)." For more information, visit qctimes.com/askthetimes.

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