Rattlesnakes are moving closer to homes in Northern California, and one expert thinks the state’s drought is to blame, CBS Sacramento reports.
Len Ramirez says this is one of the busiest years his rattlesnake removal business has seen in nearly three decades. And the year is only halfway done.
“We’ve made four calls today, and tonight I don’t know how many I’m going to make, but it’s going to be a long evening,” he said Friday.
A room where he keeps the rattlesnakes he catches before releasing them into the wild is evidence of how busy he’s been.
“We’ve removed 72 rattlesnakes this week,” he said.
Drought conditions have kept the calls coming in from people spooked by snakes that are way too close for comfort.