Bites prompt snake warn­ing

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

The De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions has warned peo­ple to be care­ful of snakes in Kar­i­jini af­ter two peo­ple were res­cued from the na­tional park af­ter snake bites in one week.

Emergency ser­vices car­ried tourists to safety af­ter they were bit­ten by snakes in Cir­cu­lar Pool and Weano Gorge at about noon on Tues­day, May 15 and Fri­day, May 18.

Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice Pil­bara re­gional wildlife of­fi­cer Jamie Gault said while snakes were gen­er­ally most ac­tive be­tween Novem­ber and April, the risk of snake bites was “al­ways present” in the Pil­bara and the an­i­mals could be eas­ier to star­tle dur­ing the cooler months when they were seek­ing out heat.

“Most re­ported in­ci­dents have been while peo­ple have been walk­ing into camp­grounds with­out a torch at night,” he said.

“But the like­li­hood of snake bites is al­ways going to in­crease when you don’t wear pro­tec­tive shoes or long pants, so PAW rec­om­mends wear­ing (those) through­out Kar­i­jini, es­pe­cially while en­joy­ing trails and ponds.”

Both of the men res­cued last week were taken to Tom Price Hos­pi­tal and then trans­ferred to Hed­land Health Cam­pus for treat­ment, but had been re­leased by early last week.

Tom Price po­lice act­ing Sergeant Christo­pher For­rest said the in­ci­dents were a timely re­minder for vis­i­tors to be cau­tious.

He also thanked the about 25 mem­bers of the public who as­sisted with the Tues­day res­cue, al­low­ing emergency ser­vices to get vic­tim to safety more quickly.

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