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October 4, 2013

Farmer says oil company brought killer snake to his land



He spoke with a representative from Continental Resources complaining about the roads and obviously about the snake allegedly killing his cow. The representative told him, “We’ve got your information.”

Continental Resources Vice President of Public Relations Kristin Miskovsky said it is highly unlikely to nearly impossible that the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake hitched a ride on one of their trucks.

Grady County is responsible for maintaining county roads, but Miskovsky said Continental Resources would be happy to help in this regard, if asked.

According to the Stephens County Game Warden, Jerrod Davis, Western Diamondbacks aren’t indigenous to Chickasha, so for one to be on McCoy’s property, it would likely have had to hitch a ride from somewhere.

However, Davis said even though the Western Diamondback is mostly indigenous to western Oklahoma, they could travel as far east as Anadarko, in a natural setting.

McCoy lives about seven miles east of Chickasha, and is not only a farmer, but is also an Oklahoma state nuisance control operator. 

He said he gets called out to trap nuisance animals like opossums, skunks, bobcats and other nuisance animals.

He also catches snakes, so he knew what type of snake it was when he saw it coiled up, which he said led him to believe it may have hitched a ride on one of the Continental Resource big rigs that had heavily occupied the road he lives on during the past month.

McCoy said he feels like Continental Resources is giving him the run around and he wants an apology, not only for the snake but for the condition of the road and for them to bring it back up to the condition it was before they arrived.

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