To the Times of Ti:
I just wanted to share an experience with you as I feel this is a serious issue.
We bought a boat this year. We (my wife and two teen-age children) live and enjoy boating, especially on Lake George. After checking out the island in the Huletts Landing area we decided it would be fun to camp for a night or two. We were only able to fit one night in to our schedule. We had a wonderful day enjoying the outdoors, swimming and exploring the island.
It was around 7:30 when my wife and I were sitting on the boat watching my son swimming from the dock when my daughter came across a snake coming down to join us. We all thought she joking with us, but I started walking back up the path to see what the trouble was. I was no more than 2 or 3 feet from a tree when it started hissing at me. I just stopped and watched; a few seconds later this snake continues its journey across the path and as it is slithering past I notice two things — one this snake is large 3.5 to 4 feet long and about as big around as a fist. The other thing was that clear as day it was a rattle snake.
We were on a single site island that was relatively small. We immediately made a group decision to leave the island rather than risk further encounters with the snake. Of course this meant navigating the lake back to Mossy Point boat launch in the dark and packing or things with the last of the daylight which we accomplished hastily.
The next morning I called the Narrow Island ranger station and was trying to get some feedback on rattle snake sightings. I didn’t get any at all.
I then sent Emails to the DEC and the Lake George Park Commission, both asking the amount of snake sightings and why they don’t warn people about them.
You’re on an island in the middle of lake with only a faint idea of where you might seek the quickest medical attention. There is limited cell service at best. I picture a young toddler trying to investigate a snake or even an older child without knowing. This is definitely a potentially fatal scenario.
A lot of people in this area including myself have never seen a rattle snake in their lives. Being aware that they are there is a huge step in preventing accidents from ever happening. I am certain that many people that come to this area wouldn’t expect rattle snakes. And I just can’t believe that each time someone checks in they don’t advise people that they are there, and they are protected in New York so they are making a come back. Why aren’t they advising people to be vigilant and know where to call to get help in case of an emergency?