It’s summer in Alberta and it’s rattlesnake season.
Not that anyone has a whole lot to fear.
Rattlers, it turns out, are nowhere near as bad as they’ve been made out to be.
And I know what I am talking about here because I recenly had a conversation with Ryan Heavy Head, self-described “rattlesnake wrangler.”
Heavy Head, who is 47, runs a rattlesnake mitigation program in Lethbridge, southeast of Calgary, as well as the program’s rattlesnake hotline, which some years gets as many as 170 calls.
That means he spends a lot of time coming to the rescue of terrified humans who likely saw their fair share of Westerns as kids and just know–KNOW–that rattlers are REALLY, REALLY dangerous.
Only, according to Heavy Head, they really aren’t.
I spoke by with Heavy Head by phone in Lethbridge.Listen