Dallas Park Sports Snake Warnings

City confirms that snake fatally bit dog in wooded area of Harry Moss Park

Thursday, Mar 29, 2012  |  Updated 12:00 AM CDT
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Signs at Harry Moss Park in Dallas warn visitors about snakes after a dog was bitten.

Ellen Goldberg, NBC 5 News

Signs at Harry Moss Park in Dallas warn visitors about snakes after a dog was bitten.

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Snake warnings greet visitors to a Dallas park after a dog was bitten earlier this month.

Three signs at Harry Moss Park near Arborside Drive and Royal Lane say a copperhead bit a dog on March 18. The signs also have snake skins to back up the warning.

The Dallas Parks and Recreation Department confirmed that a snake, likely a copperhead, bit a dog in the wooded area of the park. The dog later died.

Molly Parker, who lives near park, said she does not walk her dog in the park anymore. Parker, who is pregnant, said she did not want to risk herself or her dog.

"Before the snakes, we used to go out there probably once in the evening once it's nice and let him run around and stuff," she said. "Now we just walk in the neighborhood."

David O'Brien, who has been enjoying the park for 17 years, said the snake sightings do not stop him from bringing his dog, Cleo, to the park.

"They're real," he said. "My wife's seen them, but people around here are pretty careful. They're very protective of their pets."

Dallas Parks and Rec officials said it is mating season for snakes and the recent rains have disturbed their nests.

NBC 5's Ellen Goldberg contributed to this report.

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