As the weather warms up in the Bay Area, wildlife are coming out to explore their natural habitats — including rattlesnakes that periodically appear According to East Bay Park District, staff and visitors have observed the periodic re-emergence on park trails. That means lmore encounters with humans and dogs.
In a statement earlier this week, the Park District advised the public to take the following snake safety precautions:
- Avoid hiking alone so you have help in case of emergency. (Per local health orders, hike only with members of your immediate household during COVID-19)
- Scan the ground ahead of you as you walk, jog, or ride. Stay on trails and avoid walking in tall grass.
- Look carefully around and under logs and rocks before sitting down.
- Avoid placing your hands or feet where you cannot see clearly.
- Keep leashed pets on designated trails and away from snakes if they see one. (All dogs should be on-leash at all times, in all parks during COVID-19)
- Bring plenty of water for yourself and your pets as drinking fountains are temporarily closed.
Those who see rattlesnake on one of the trails should leave it alone. All park wildlife is protected by law. Wait for the snake to cross the trail, do not approach it and slowly move away.
For more information on what to do if you encounter or are bitten by a snake, visit the East Bay Parks District website.