The Sun contacted the Missouri Department of Conservation news director Jim Low about the reported copperhead press release and the ban on killing poisonous snakes. He responded:
We didn’t send anything out from Central Office, and I think I would know if any of our regional media specialists did. It’s possible someone on our staff was quoted in a news story and Larry assumed/imagined that constituted a press release.
There is no open season on snakes in Missouri, so technically they are protected. However, the Wildlife Code allows