There are many enjoyable hiking trails that happen to be in rattlesnake territory, but don’t worry; you can enjoy your hike safely by being observant and following some general tips.
If you hear a rattlesnake:
- Stop immediately
- Locate the snake.
- If you are close to the snake, remain still and allow the snake to calm down and back away.
- Once you are one snake body length away, step back and go around the snake. The rattlesnake is a member of the pit viper family and although it is venomous, it is generally shy and non-aggressive.
Rattlesnake bites are very rare in British Columbia and are almost never fatal. Most snake bites are due to people deliberately trying to handle or harm rattlesnakes. The most important thing to remember is to get the victim to the hospital.
All snakes are protected under BC’s Wildlife Act. It is illegal to kill or harm snakes, or to remove them from the wild.
Conservation Officer Reporting Line: 1-877-952-7277