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.”
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.
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.
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.