A rattlesnake stares down the photographer.
As of Friday, May 20, 2016
OKANOGAN – Rattlesnake season has struck the Okanogan Valley.
Throughout the past week numerous local residents have reported seeing snakes or hearing their distinctive ratting sounds.
While the vast majority of snakes found throughout the state are considered harmless, a few species are capable of delivering a venomous bite, including the Northern Pacific and Western rattlesnakes. These species are typically limited to regions east of the Cascade Mountains, and bites from one of the venomous species can be life threatening.
Officials say any potential rattlesnake bite should be evaluated in an emergency room as soon as possible.
We are working on a complete story for our Sunday, May 22 edition of The Chronicle.