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Rattlesnake bites man in SE Minnesota

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CALEDONIA, Minn. (AP) — A hiker remains hospitalized after a rare rattlesnake bite in southeastern Minnesota.

The 28-year-old Mounds View man is in fair condition Wednesday at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wis. The hiker was taken to the hospital by ambulance Friday after being bitten by a timber rattlesnake in Beaver Creek Valley State Park near Caledonia.

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Minnesota DNR wildlife biologist Ed Quinn tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/rd0L5k) that the reason for the rattlesnake strike is unknown.

The last known time a timber rattler bit a person in Minnesota was 2000. Quinn says the last known fatality in Minnesota from a rattlesnake was 1868.

Timber rattlers are one of two poisonous snakes found in Minnesota.

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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