When I was a Conservation Officer, I often worked with a local Forest Ranger — George Stec. When we first met, George had a little boy running around getting into things and asking interminable questions. Nowadays, George and I are both out of state service and that kid has grown to be a foot taller than either of us.
He is still running around getting into things but now those things include entire mountain ranges. Dan Stec was hiking the Tongue Mountain Range when he ran into this beautiful specimen of a melanistic rattlesnake. These dark phase animals are somewhat rare but less so in the Warren and Washington County populations.
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