As temperatures rise, so does the prevalence of rattlesnakes in Bidwell Park. A press release from the City of Chico’s Public Works Department – Parks Division notes that rattlesnakes are a beneficial, natural part of the park and that they generally avoid contact with people or animals unless cornered or threatened. Nonetheless, all park visitors should use caution and follow some tips to avoid bad encounters:
• Wear hiking boots.
• Stay on designated trails.
• Avoid tall grass, weeds and heavy underbrush.
• Look ahead on the trail.
• Avoid stepping or putting your hands where you cannot see.
• Hike with a companion.
• Know that freshly killed snakes can still inject venom.
The California Department of Fish and Game offers more tips, such as never grab “sticks” or “branches” in lakes and rivers because rattlesnakes can swim. If bitten by a rattlesnake, call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.
For more information, contact the Parks Division at 896-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org.