Rattlesnakes Yosemite hikers, been a noticeable uptick in rattlesnake bites.

If you’re planning a trip to Yosemite National Park, it’s not just the fire advisory you have to be aware of; you also need to be mindful of rattlesnakes.

The park, in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, described two rattlesnake bite incidents in a blog post on Friday, and offered tips to hikers about how to keep themselves safe should they encounter the animals.

“This summer season, there has been a noticeable uptick in rattlesnake bites in the greater Yosemite region,” the blog post reads. “These two cases provide a good opportunity to review advice for how to handle an encounter with a rattlesnake.”

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A backpacker reported the first incident Aug. 27, calling in a “snake emergency.” Around 2:30 p.m. the day before, a rattlesnake bit a hiker who was fishing barefoot in the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne.

“The subject, in his mid-30s, had stepped onto a rock, causing it to shift under his weight, and suddenly a rattlesnake – apparently underneath the rock – bit him on his left foot,” according to the blog post.

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His wife went to go get help on her own after they tried hiking together. The husband was ultimately transferred to a park ambulance, where a paramedic treated the man’s dehydration, nausea and pain. The hiker was eventually flown to a Modesto hospital; he was expected to be discharged over the weekend (and was given two doses of the antivenom CroFab), more than a week after the bite.

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In the second incident, a snake struck a hiker’s left knee Aug. 29. One of the hiker’s companions said: “We were on the trail, hiking by ankle-high shrubs, when out of the blue – with no rattle, no hiss, no sound whatsoever – a snake struck.”

Another hiker with cell service called 911. They opted to apply a tourniquet but were told to remove it after they spoke with a park ranger-paramedic.

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