A city in Alberta does "seasonal rattlesnake relocations" and we had no clue

May 23 2023, 3:41 pm

It might surprise some people that rattlesnakes call parts of Alberta home. So much so that in the City of Lethbridge, there are dedicated staff who residents can report sightings to or have rattlesnakes relocated from urban or recreational areas.

It sure is the wild, wild west in southern Alberta, huh?

“Each year between April and December, we work with our partners to relocate rattlesnakes off of public property where there may be a concern for public safety,” the City’s website states.

“The snakes are relocated from areas of conflict, back to their permanent natural habitat and away from people/pet conflict.” Yeah, we’ve got to protect our slithery friends!

Lethbridge provides the relocations due to the Province of Alberta Wildlife Act,Ā which prohibits anyone from owning/harassing wildlife, including rattlesnakes and bullsnakes.

It is estimated that up to 20% of their bites are dry, with no venom injected.

Fortunately, prairie rattlesnake venom is not particularly lethal, and no one has died from a prairie rattlesnake bite in Alberta; however, dogs do get bitten by rattlesnakes in Lethbridge.

From 2015 to 2019, the City of Lethbridge says it received nearly 500 calls regarding rattlesnakes being spotted in areas around the city.

The city also suggests residents snake-proof their entire yard with snake barrier fencing.

What to do if you encounter a rattlesnake

If you encounter a rattlesnake while exploring the city in southern Alberta, it’s advised that you back away slowly, remain calm, and give the snake space.

Never run, as there may be more than one in your immediate area.

“Rattlesnakes are not aggressive and, given a choice, will retreat rather than strike. However, if surprised, stepped on or cornered, they can strike up to a distance about half of their length,” the City’s website states.

Want to stay in the loop with more Daily Hive content and News in your area? Check out all of our Newsletters here.
Buzz Connected Media Inc. #400 ā€“ 1008 Homer Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6B 2X1 [email protected] View Rules
Laine MitchellLaine Mitchell

+ News
+ Pets & Animals