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Seasonal rattlesnake relocation now underway in Lethbridge

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – It’s rattlesnake season and the City of Lethbridge wants to do what it can to reduce the number of people-pet and snake encounters.

You might come across a prairie rattler when out exploring the coulees and during the odd time in urban areas around the city.

This is the time of year with the rattlesnakes come out of hibernation.

The City contracts local rattlesnake consultant, Ryan Heavyhead to relocate them from public and private property to areas that are more part of their natural habitat. The City of Lethbridge provides this mitigation program to encourage locals to phone for help instead of trying to remove a rattler themselves.

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It should also be noted that it’s illegal to kill rattlesnakes or damage denning areas. There are significant charges and fines for anyone caught killing a rattlesnake in the Province of Alberta.

To report a rattlesnake sighting, contact the Helen Schuler Nature Centre.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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