DNR Puts Rattlesnake Rumors To Rest

By: Liz Hayes Email
By: Liz Hayes Email

The Department of Natural Resources would like to put some rattlesnake rumors to rest.

For the past decade, the DNR has received calls from concerned citizens about rattlesnakes being in the area.

According to a local Conservation Warden, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department did release rattlesnakes into the Necedah Wildlife Refuge in 2000.

But the creatures had radio transmitters and were all picked up in one season.

Now every summer, rumors swirl that the DNR releases rattlesnakes to control the large turkey population, but the Department insists there's no truth to that.

Randy Falstad with the Department of Natural Resources, "We get calls all the time. There's no rattlesnakes in Marathon County. There's very few in the state of Wisconsin. There are some on the bluff areas near La Crosse and in the southwestern part of the state."

Many times people confuse look-a-like creatures, like pine snakes for rattlesnakes.

He says not only do many species look similar, but some have a similar rattle too.

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