Rattler bites hiker in Central Oregon canyon

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A rattlesnake probably sunning itself on a rock in Central Oregon bit a hiker on the finger Monday.

The Bend Bulletin reports the woman was taken by helicopter Monday from the Crooked River Canyon to a Bend hospital.

Her name was not released, and no condition report was immediately available.

Tim McLaren, chief of fire and rescue at the Crooked River Ranch resort, said the woman put her hand on the rock to climb up, and the snake bit her.

The woman grabbed the snake and flung it, McLaren said.

She was among a hiking party of four on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land.

A bureau spokeswoman says the Western rattlesnake found in Central Oregon is considered nonaggressive — unless startled.

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Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com

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