Ness County warning residents about several rattlesnakes

Rattlesnake (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
Rattlesnake (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

NESS CITY, Kan. (KSNW) – Officials in a small town in western Kansas are working to get the word out about rattlesnakes found in a city park.

Ness City employee Dalton Garrison said he knew just what to do when he saw several small rattlesnakes in the Ness County Park on Wednesday.

“I got them, a bucket and a stick, and just got them to go ahead and go in the bucket and flipped it upright and put a lid on it,” said Garrison.

The city of Ness City says they want to make sure residents are aware of the risk by putting out warnings on Facebook and sending an emergency text message asking people to always be aware of their surroundings.

The park where they found the rattlesnakes is surrounded by homes. No one has been hurt yet, but the snakes could have posed a risk to children and pets in the area.

“I understand with where they were caught and everything, that they wanted to make sure that little kids, being as it was a park, that the parents and everybody knew to keep an extra eye out and everything, so that made me feel safer,” said Ness City resident Geri Fulk.

KSN reached out to city officials to ask them about their response to the situation, but no one was available to comment. Still, residents seem happy with how officials handled the situation.

In researching prairie rattlesnakes, we found more than forty counties in the western part of Kansas have those snakes, and that they can grow to more than four feet in length. The snakes feed on mice, rats and prairie dogs. They are venomous, but the last fatality in Kansas from a prairie rattlesnake was in 1950.

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