ALBERTA

Girl Bitten By Rattlesnake In Dinosaur Provincial Park

06/29/2015 02:54 EDT | Updated 06/29/2015 02:59 EDT
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Officials are reminding visitors to Alberta's Badlands to watch their step after a nine-year-old girl was taken to hospital to be treated for a rattlesnake bite late last week.

The girl was bitten while hiking in Dinosaur Provincial Park around 9:30 a.m. Friday, reports CBC News.

She was airlifted to Alberta Children's Hospital in stable, non life-threatening condition, STARS air ambulance spokeswoman Fatima Khawaja told the Calgary Herald.

It's only the third rattlesnake bite in the area over the past 12 years, Andrew Hunt, manager of Dinosaur Park Management Area told the Calgary Sun, and prairie rattlesnakes are Alberta's only venomous species.

Hunt said if you encounter a rattlesnake, or hear its distinct buzzing sound, you should try to determine where the rattlesnake is and move away slowly. He said rattlesnakes are not predatory, and can mostly be avoided by staying on trails and out of brush and tall grass.

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