Launched in 1958, the annual Rattlesnake Roundup in Sweetwater, Texas attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year and has caught and killed over 250,000 wild rattlesnakes. The goal of rattlesnake roundups is ostensibly to protect people and animals of local communities from snake bites, but roundups have become economically important to many communities that host them, with roundups usually also involving stalls, rides, and other events. Despite their goal of reducing snake numbers in populated areas, roundups have not been shown to reduce rattlesnake populations over time.

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