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Reports of Rattlesnakes in Missoula Area


August 17, 2017

 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) has received reports of rattlesnakes in the Missoula valley in recent weeks and offers safety reminders to hikers and homeowners.

 “Rattlesnakes move down into moist river bottoms during hot, dry periods like we’ve been experiencing recently,” FWP Wildlife Biologist Kristi DuBois said.  

This, according to DuBois, creates a greater risk of human conflicts as snakes spend extra time in yards and gardens in search of cooler temperatures and rodents to eat. 

Reduce your chances of an encounter by wearing tall boots and long pants, being careful...

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