Bites prompt snake warning
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.