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Department of Fish & Wildlife say rattlesnakes are out with warmer weather

Wildlife officers say it's typical for folks to encounter rattlesnakes in the early morning along sunny trails.

PASCO, Wash. - Rattlesnakes are out and the Department of Fish and Wildlife is sending out a message to keep everyone safe.

Fish and Wildlife experts say rattlesnakes are common in Eastern, Washington.

They hibernate in the winter and emerge in late April.

Wildlife officers say it's typical for folks to encounter rattlesnakes in the early morning along sunny trails.

Experts say If you see one, its best to leave it alone.

They say rattlesnakes are not trying to pursue humans and it’s rare when they bite.

However, if you or your pet are bitten, wildlife officers say it’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible.

Wildlife Biologists, Jason Fidorra said “If you're with someone or you're bit, you want to try and reduce movement. You’ll experience a lot of pain in the area that was bit and swelling, so you want to remove tight fitting clothes or especially rings, as that area swells up.”

Rattlesnakes will be active through September or as long as temperatures remain warm.

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