Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

By Gary Collins
Pine Bluffs Post 

Snakes alive!


Gary Collins/Pine Bluffs Post

Tom Morgan sits at the window where he spotted a possible rattlesnake last week. A cat was marking the telephone pole visible from Morgan's window when it leaped in the air and took off. Morgan did not pursue the snake.

A report was received by the Post, Wednesday, July 21, regarding a rattlesnake spotted on the east side of Pine Bluffs.

According to Edna Hickman, the predator was last seen on Beech Street.

A quick survey of the area revealed no further evidence of the unwelcome visitor. Further investigation, the following day, revealed that Tom Morgan, who lives in an apartment of the Cheyenne Housing Authority on Beech Street, originally spotted what he believes was a rattlesnake.

According to Morgan, he was surveying the world outside his widow. He reports that a black cat had come to the tall grass bordering the alley to do "its business." The animal lifted its tail to mark the telephone pole, when it leaped straight into the air, came down and took off to the north.

Morgan then spotted a snake, which may or may not have been a rattlesnake, slither out of the tall grass and was last seen scooting east across Beech Street. While Morgan was not sure if it was indeed a rattler, he was not about to go find out.

"There are only two kinds of snakes that scare me," Morgan said. "A dead snake and a live snake."

Fearing that the cat may have been bitten, Morgan contacted his neighbor, Kevin Borquez, who lives in the complex and owns a black cat.

Borquez stated that it was not his cat, as while his is black, it has white socks. Further, he stated that his cat is female and judging by Morgan's description of the animal marking the telephone pole, Borquez concluded that the animal was likely male.

Borquez said there is a black tom cat in the area, but it has not been seen recently. He detailed the viciousness of this feline and stated that if this animal had been bitten by the snake the world would be better off.

Whatever happened to the alleged venomous viper or to the cat in question is unknown at this time. However, their tale does illustrate the fact that snakes are "in season," so to speak and residents should be mindful of their pets and small children.


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