Rattlesnake warning issued for southern Interior of B.C.
Several dogs have been bitten and killed in recent years, says expert
The warm spring has rattlesnakes out of their dens early in B.C., prompting a warning to hikers to stay on trails and to keep their dogs on a leash.
Frank Ritcey, the provincial coordinator for Wildsafe B.C., says rattlesnakes are usually harmless, unless they are agitated or spooked.
"Over the years a number of dogs have received bites and some have died as result, here in Kamloops," said Ritcey.
Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes are found in the province's dry south-central interior valleys, including the Okanagan-Similkameen, Thompson, Nicola and Kettle valleys, as well as the Lytton-Lillooet portion of the Fraser Canyon.
Ritcey said people should consider themselves lucky if they see a rattlesnake as very few people ever get the chance.