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Rattlesnake Startles Kids at Big Corona Beach

The four-foot rattlesnake was captured and released it back into the hills safely away from the children, according to a city memo.

Big Corona Beach (Photo credit Susan Hoffman)
Big Corona Beach (Photo credit Susan Hoffman)
A rattlesnake slithering along Big Corona Beach startled a group of school children in August, but a park patrol officer helped to safely capture it, city officials reported in a memo.

The incident happened on Aug. 26 when Park Patrol Officer DJ Ferris was patrolling Big Corona Beach and heard children screaming. Ferris followed the screams to the top of the hill and found a school bus, with the four-foot rattlesnake moving near the front of the bus, according to Sean Levin, the city's recreation supervisor.

Ferris moved the children to a safe location and Newport Beach Animal Control responded, captured the rattlesnake and released it back into the hills.

Have you seen a rattlesnake in the Corona del Mar area? Tell us in the comments.

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Charles Wolfe Masters, Jr. October 01, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Why did it take a month for this incident to be reported publicly by the City of Newport Beach?
Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime October 01, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Hi Charles, the information was provided in a monthly activities report included in the Parks, Beaches and Recreation Commission agenda for today's meeting. The report is dated Sept. 3.
ace October 02, 2013 at 07:41 PM
the best rattlesnake is a dead rattlesnake. sure they help control the rodent populations. but after someone you know gets bit by one. You will change your tune.

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