When Timber Creek Falls, Idaho, Falls—A Story in Images
In late May, a pair of timber snake traps was placed in the forest along the creek.
The snakes were baited with a live baited fish bait.
They were supposed to come back in 20 minutes or less.
The traps, as it turned out, had sprung a leak, causing the snake to jump out of the water.
The water was too deep, and the bait was too soft, so the snake had to dive.
But that didn’t stop it from surviving.
The first person to die from a timber snake in the United States was a 25-year-old man from Missouri who was in the process of trapping a woodlouse.
A manhunt ensued.
It was unclear whether the snake’s death was a direct result of the bait being too soft.
The snake killed another man, a 47-yearold man who was attempting to lure the snake into a wood pile to kill it, according to the Idaho Fish and Game Department.
The man was in stable condition.
But his injuries weren’t life-threatening, according the department.
Three other people were killed by the snakes, the most recent in the early hours of June 5, the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife said.
The state’s National Park Service said it was working to determine if the deaths were linked to the traps.
The Idaho Wildlife Department said in a statement that the two cases are “unlikely” to be linked, but they are investigating.
The agency said it is also working to prevent the type of deaths in the future.
“The Department of Interior’s (Forest Service) has been working with local officials to identify and address these issues as soon as possible,” the agency said.