I have a question about using an animal non-native to an area to try and combat an unwanted animal of the same species, and what the environmental impact would be, or how the ecosystem would change.
Is that something that is on topic for biology.se, or is there a better place to ask such a question?
Proposed question would be something like the following:
I have a friend who lives in an area with a large population of Copperhead snakes. Given that they are venomous and frequently are found in their yard, they pose a threat to small pets and people. I was curious what the impact of releasing Kingsnakes in the area to try and combat the population of Copperheads, as Kingsnakes are non-venomous, are resistant to pit viper venom, and are known to eat pit vipers (not sure if it would be legal or not). My thought was that Kingsnakes would likely compete with Copperheads for the same place in an ecosystem, with Kingsnakes potentially winning due to resistance to venom and them preying on Copperheads, but ultimately not harming the ecosystem much due to them being quite similar to each other.
Would using Kingsnakes to combat/reduce the number of Copperheads be harmful to the environment/ecosystem besides potentially ousting Copperheads from their natural environment?