Posted: May 9, 2013 5:37 PM by Judy Slate - MTN News
Updated: May 10, 2013 8:53 AM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston police are investigating the escape of up to a dozen rattlesnakes in downtown Livingston.
It happened Tuesday afternoon near the Whiskey Saloon on North Main Street.
Jeff Gross saw the snakes before they escaped.
"A friend of mine came in and said he had some rattlesnakes and we went out and looked at them. They were pretty cool," Gross said.
According to police, the man with the snakes left and then returned to the bar to say that some of the snakes were missing. According to Gross, they went outside and found a very small snake and captured it.
According to police, it is unknown how many, if any, escaped prior to the man parking downtown. Officers and city employees searched the area and found no snakes.
The snakes are reportedly about 8-10 inches long. Police say they will likely disperse, but any that survive are a threat to people and pets.
People in downtown Livingston did not seem very concerned about the snakes.
"Rattlesnakes are somewhat common, I guess, not downtown. I really didn't think twice," said Bryan Smith.
Livingston police say the man who brought the snakes into town could face misdemeanor negligent endangerment charges.