Keep Me Wild: Rattlesnake

Description and Identification

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Habitat and Home Range

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Diet

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Behavior and Family Structure

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Ecological Role

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Preventing Problems 

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Rattlesnakes in the Yard

 

Rattlesnake Safety Precautions

 

Hiking in Rattlesnake Country

  • Leash dogs while hiking

What to do if Bitten

Injurious black bear encounters and attacks are extremely rare in California, but they have occurred. There is no single safety strategy applicable to every encounter, and bear behavior is not always predictable. However, basic understanding of bear behavior will help keep people safe and bears out of trouble.  

Given the great numbers of people visiting and living in bear country, bears exhibit a high degree of tolerance to humans - other environmental hazards are more prevalent.

  • Individual bears can display varying levels of tolerance and different temperament.
  • Prevention is better than confrontation.
  • Share this information with your children. Make sure they know to tell you if they see a bear in the area. Be Bear Aware.

Legal Status

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Questions?

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