California Department of Fish and WildlifeAlthough unlikely, an encounter with a rattlesnake could happen. Recently, a person’s dog was bitten by a snake while they were hiking near Simpson Park. ■ Chronicle News Service Snakes of many species are through hunkering down because of the summer heat, making human encounters with these elusive creatures more likely. Although most native snakes are harmless, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommends steering clear of the venomous rattlesnake – and knowing what to do in the event of a strike. Rattlesnakes belong to a unique group of venomous snakes known as pit vipers and the rattlesnake is the only pit viper found

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