This week, Pleasant Valley resident and outdoor enthusiast Caroline Vulgamore tells fear to take a hike.

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2 Responses to Citizen Report: Rattlesnake Risk

  1. Ansel Avant says:

    I climbed at the GoG for many years in terrain obviously occupied by rattlers and never saw one. I read in the gazette some years that rangers warned of ‘major snake populations’ in the park. Yet I never have seen a rattler, and only a few other/garters in over twenty years here.

    Enjoy this Podcast if snakes scare you.
    http://www.newyorker.com/online/2009/04/20/090420on_audio_bilger

  2. Kristen Sherwood says:

    As a local Park Ranger (not at GOG) and naturalist, I tell people that while snakes live here, we are not their prey and they only strike people when threatened. Be conscious of your surroundings, and take the time to understand the animal and it’s habitat. Without those snakes, we’d be overrun with mice and other vermin. So don’t go walking through tall grass on a hot day with flip flops on, don’t stick your hand under a rock, and if you see one, leave it alone. Remember what a threat you present to a snake (if someone stepped on you and broke your spine, or invaded your home, you’d defend yourself too) and be a responsible hiker. This will keep you, and the snakes, safe.

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