Rattlesnakes, wildlife run rampant during West Coast drought

Only a snake could enjoy this kind of weather.

Unprecedented heat and a scorching drought may be pushing rattlesnakes, bears and other wild animals deeper into residential areas of California and other western states, a new report said.

“I am busier than I have ever been,” rattlesnake trapper Len Ramirez told The Guardian. Ramirez, proprietor of Ramirez Rattlesnake Company, said he has seen an uptick in calls of the snakes slithering their way into California’s residential yards.

“Complaints are coming in from all over the state,” he added.

Snakes may be looking for relief from thermometer-busting heat, and bears and infection-carrying birds and pests may be seeking water sources as H2O grows increasingly scarce in the dried-out wild, the report stated.

“Drought often drives pests into homes or other structures in search of these resources to survive,” entomologist Mike Bentley told The Guardian.

Rattlesnakes are invading more residences in refuge from an unprecedented heat wave.
Rattlesnakes are invading more residences in refuge from an unprecedented heat wave.
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Grasshopper populations are also growing to a size that has the federal government looking to cull reduce the population in places like Montana and Wyoming, the Associated Press said. The bugs like dry weather and could ravage trees. Spraying is planned to combat the population surge, the AP said.

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