County warns public as rattlesnake season approaches

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SAN DIEGO – County Animal Services is reminding the public to be cautious as rattlesnake season approaches in San Diego.

“Rattlesnake calls are up this year; 332 calls have come in so far compared to 290 during the same time frame last year,” said animal services director Dawn Danielson.

This is the time of the year rattlesnakes become more active as the weather warms up. You can keep the rattlesnakes from your home by getting rid of wood piles, fallen fruit, garbage piles and outdoor dog food bowls. These items attract mice and rats, which attract rattlesnakes.

Dog walkers and hikers should also be aware of their surroundings. Hikers and their dogs should stick to the trail. Dogs should be kept on a leash. Rattlesnakes hide in tall grass, weeds and brush alongside paths.

If you encounter a rattlesnake, give it space, back away, leave it alone and let it go on its way. If bitten, call 911 and remove any constricting clothing or accessories.

If you see a rattlesnake on your property and if you live in San Diego County’s unincorporated areas or the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar, Encinitas, San Diego, Santee or Solana Beach, call County Animal Services at 619-236-2341.

Residents in other areas of the county should call their local animal control departments for help.

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