As summertime brings warmer temperatures, more fury and scaly creatures have begun appearing in our yards and parks.
While April and May mark the start of rattlesnake season in San Diego County, recent reports have described increased snake sightings. As the reptiles come out of hibernation, it is not uncommon to spot them locally, though bites are rare. Most sightings are likely to happen between now and October.
“Snakes are most likely venturing out in search of food and to soak up the sun,” said San Marcos Park Ranger Ron Vinluan. “People think they’re going to chase you—that isn’t so. They don’t want anything to do with us.”
If you encounter one of the four varieties of rattlesnakes found in the county, give it space. Calmly back away from it, leave it alone and let it go on its way, Vinluan continued.
To avoid encounters with rattlesnakes, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife suggests these safety steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of startling a rattlesnake:
Never go barefoot or wear sandals when hiking. Wear sturdy hiking boots with loose-fitting long pants to protect feet and ankles.
Stay on paths and trails, avoiding tall grass, weeds and brush where snakes may hide.
Keep your dog on leash while hiking and be aware of what your dog is doing at all times.
Make sure you can see where you are reaching and that you can see ahead of you. Look for concealed snakes before picking up rocks, sticks or wood.
Be careful when stepping over doorsteps as snakes like to crawl along the edge of buildings where they are protected on one side.
Never hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.
Teach children early to respect snakes and to leave them alone. Children are naturally curious and will pick up snakes.
Sacramento. – Today the city of San Marcos was profiled as part of the ongoing “Strong Cities | Strong State” campaign highlighting local government success stories across California. “Strong Cities | Strong State” is a project of the League of California Cities and the California City Management Foundation (CCMF).
“We are excited to showcase San Marcos’ quality of life in this important campaign,” said San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond. “The city has done an incredible job of balancing resources, maintaining top-notch service and providing an excellent quality of life for our residents. A strong city, in turn, helps strengthen all of California.”
The city of San Marcos’ profile is accessible at: http://www.strongcitiesstrongstate.com/city/san-marcos
The “Strong Cities | Strong State” website is the centerpiece of a campaign broadly promoting city success stories alongside profiles of the elected officials and city managers working together to build and maintain a high quality of life for California city residents.
Highlights of city of San Marcos’ profile include:
Creek District to bring new “downtown” to San Marcos;
Doing business like a business helps city flourish; and
Green revitalization in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.
The overarching goal of the “Strong Cities” campaign is to promote the innovation and experience of local officials in delivering vital services at a time when this expertise is vitally needed by state leaders struggling with fundamental issues of governance. “Strong Cities | Strong State” seeks to position cities as vital, necessary and equal partners in building a better California.
The Strong Cities | Strong State campaign will continue profiling individual cities each day, with a goal of highlighting all California cities over the coming year-and-a-half. Profiles include photos, video and other media articulating how each individual city has been working to both provide essential services, as well as elevate the quality life of its residents. Success stories will range from public safety initiatives to educational partnerships, infrastructure improvements to community engagement strategies and more.