CALEDONIA, Minn. (AP) — A hiker remains hospitalized after a rare rattlesnake bite in southeastern Minnesota.

The 28-year-old Mounds View man is in fair condition Wednesday at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wis. The hiker was taken to the hospital by ambulance Friday after being bitten by a timber rattlesnake in Beaver Creek Valley State Park near Caledonia.

Minnesota DNR wildlife biologist Ed Quinn tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the reason for the rattlesnake strike is unknown.

The last known time a timber rattler bit a person in Minnesota was 2000. Quinn says the last known fatality in Minnesota from a rattlesnake was 1868.

Timber rattlers are one of two poisonous snakes found in Minnesota.

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Comments (6)
  1. Dale Gribble says:

    Ain’t diversity wonderful?

  2. cookie234 says:

    There have always been rattlers in that part of MN. On must exercise extreme caution and dress appropriately when climbing those hills.. Leather gloves, long denim jeans and cowboy boots might have prevented the bite. Yup, long pants, gloves, oots even in this heat.

    1. cookie cutter says:

      better yet – hike when it’s cooler, no long pants and inactive rattlers. 😉
      run into them maybe a dozen times in 20 years of hiking here. Eyes open and watch your surroundings and all is fine

  3. Victim says:

    First off I was not Hiking I was fishing for trout 2nd it was startled by the dog in front of me I just happend to be next in line 3rd it gave no fair warning with its rattle and struck from the cover of 5 foot grass.It could happen to anybody.

  4. Jim the snake slayer says:

    Is the snake deadI hope?

  5. Jim the snake slayer says:

    Last summer on my family’s land outside of Prescott Wi 4 rattlers met the business end of my 12 gauge and one met the business end of a shovel. July 2009 one met an old car battery dropped on its head. Haven’t seen any this summer (yet). They were all in my yard and a direct threat to me and my pets so they were legal kills.

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