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Drought Produces Snakes In California

By Sunday, 17 July 2016 12:24 PM Current | Bio | Archive

California has had more than its share of biblically proportioned plagues recently. One would think having a state government completely controlled by Democrats would be enough punishment, but no, there’s more!

We are currently in the fifth year of a record drought that is so bad that even the elected officials are using less public water to wash their cars. For most of us the drought is enough: dry lakes, brown lawns, hectoring from the state about water conservation, and smug looks from “global warming” worshipers who told us so.

Now CBSLA informs us that there is a side effect of the drought that most women will contend is even worse. It seems that lack of rain results in an abundance of rattlesnakes.  Rattlers are coming up from their outback burrows and heading for town. I don’t know if the migration is due to a lack of recreational opportunities in the sagebrush or rumors (false now) of full swimming pools, but the result is dramatic.

Bo Slyapich — known as the rattlesnake wrangler — explains, “They’re out in full force right now.”

His advice is to think like a rattlesnake and to a certain extent live like a rattlesnake. “If you build it, they will come. Just because you build them a cave, leave the door open, garage door open, put a cement pond in the backyard, make it green all around, maybe throw some mice and rats around. They love us humans,” he said.

The feeling is not mutual.

His advice is for you to landscape your property so that it resembles the exercise yard in a minimum-security prison. Start with a perimeter fence of one–quarter inch wire, remove bushes for a clear field of fire, prune trees until there is no cover under the crown and install searchlights and guard towers at each corner.

Well, maybe not the guard towers, but the lights might come in handy.

I suppose you could also rake the dust in your yard each evening and check regularly for slither trails.

If you watched the excellent remake of True Grit, you know rattlers can be dangerous. The California Fish and Wildlife Dept. says in pre–drought years the populace averaged about 800 rattlesnake bites a year. Of that number one or two proved fatal.

Slyapich advised that if you are among the 800 unlucky ones, forget everything you learned from John Wayne (or Rooster Cogburn) about treating rattlesnake bites. Don’t cut, suck, bite or simply stand there screaming after a rattlesnake strike.

He says to call 911 and say “I’ve been bit by a rattlesnake.” Slyapich’s parting advice is to “respect the rattle.” He won’t have to tell me twice.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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