Larry Mackey recalls his harrowing ordeal…and shares some advice for others.

It was pretty scary” — that’s how YLOA member Larry Mackey describes his first-ever bite from a rattlesnake, which happened this summer at his home on Long Hollow Drive.

In this video recorded in early September, we asked Larry, now recovered, to recount the experience as a way to help others understand what happens to a person after a bite, and how making the correct decisions promptly are so important to restoring health. After all, here in YLP we share our environment with rattlers as well as many other wild animals.

Here are other resources:

• Be Rattlesnake Safe, from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
• How to Manage Pests (Rattlesnakes) in Gardens and Landscapes, from the U.C. Integrated Pest Management program.
• Rattlesnakes: What To Do If You Get Bit, video from the Fresno Bee.