Charity Rattlesnake Hunt

WAURIKA - It's a great way to raise money for the fire department. And all you have to do is catch a snake.

15,000 people attended the Waurika Rattlesnake Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The festival attracted people from around the world, even Norway. "We just have one poisonous snake in norway and they are not as dangerous as rattlesnake," one tourist said.

Festival-goers could buy snake souveneirs, and even learn about snake safety.

This is the 46th year for the festival. Proceeds are donated to the Waurika Fire Department. They said the snakes help them save lives.

Last year, the hunt raised $30,000. Officials are expecting to see a 50% drop this year, partially because of the weather.

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  • by TM Location: Tx. on Apr 17, 2007 at 07:13 AM
    The Festival has been going on for 46 years and they have not depleted the snake population yet! What makes someone think this year will be any different. Besides snakes are only one of many predators that prey upon rodents.
  • by Jack Location: OK on Apr 16, 2007 at 01:15 PM
    This is true & rodents have been responsible for many, many more deaths than snakes ever have. But I guess that folks fear snakes more than bubonic plague.
  • by Animalaura on Apr 16, 2007 at 09:24 AM
    I hope they do help save lives -by milking the snakes venom, and then RELEASING the snakes back to the wild. Otherwise, the countryside will be up to its asses in rodents. Snakes are there for a reason -not to be held captive or killed! Sheesh! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out.
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