Hiker dies from rattlesnake bite at Colorado park

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A hiker was bitten by a four-foot long rattlesnake at a park in Colorado on Saturday, and died shortly after, officials say.

Fox 31 Denver reported that 31-year-old Daniel Hohs was hiking at Mount Galbraith Park in Golden, about 17 miles west of Denver, when he was bitten by the snake.

He tragically died after it took rescuers 22 minutes to reach him. A doctor who was on a day trip in the park also responded, according to Steamboat Today.

A doctor who was on a day trip in the park also responded, according to Steamboat Today.

A spokeswoman for St. Anthony Hospital said Hohs died just two hours later.

A friend and training partner of the victim, Heather Gollnick told the Denver Post that he was a “vibrant” person.

“Dan was so vibrant,” Gollnick said. “He had this huge smile and this energy that just made you happy. It was contagious to everyone.”

Hohs was bitten around 12:40 p.m. and died later in the afternoon. It is unclear if the snake was captured or got away.

Hohs’ had recently moved to Colorado and was a Chicago-area native. His death is a wake-up call to hikers in the area, as many are from out of state and unaware how deadly rattlesnake bites can be if an anecdote is too far away.

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