What to do if bitten

Gates Pass is rattlesnake country!

While rattlesnakes are part of life in Arizona, following two simple rules will prevent almost all bites: 1. Look before you step or reach (includes using a flashlight in the dark) and 2. Leave rattlesnakes alone when you encounter them. Despite their reputation, these creatures want nothing to do with something our size but will quickly bite defensively when bothered.

     So, what should you do if someone is bitten by a rattlesnake? It’s simple: go to a hospital emergency room without delay. The only effective treatment is antivenom and first aid measures only waste time. Tissue damage begins immediately when the venom is injected and antivenom cannot repair damage, it can only neutralize venom before it finds its target tissue.

     In GPANA’s area, I would call 9-1-1 since paramedics will get you safely through traffic to an appropriate hospital. In Tucson, I would prefer to be treated at Banner-University Medical Center (1625 N. Campbell Avenue, just north of Speedway; follow signs to “Emergency”). It is not only a Level-I Trauma Center but is home to the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center with true envenomation experts who managed the clinical trials for both rattlesnake antivenoms currently licensed by the FDA. In fact, you can always call the Poison Center with questions at 800-222-1222 or check out their website at azpoison.com.


Mike Cardwell, MS

Adjunct Researcher, San Diego State University

Consulting Biologist, AZ Poison and Drug Information Center

Feliz Paseos Park and Leash Laws: Did You Know?

Dog owners! Fines can be quite steep for running your dog unleashed and/or neglecting to pick up after your dog in public areas. Please read the attached doc so you can stay informed. Click Here.

AZ Native and Exotic Toxic Plants

Board Member Tony Knight is a Veterinarian and Pima County Master Gardener. He shares with us an informative article he wrote for "The Plant Press," a publication of the The Arizona Native Plant Society. Read it here!

Tips to improve internet service in our area

GPANA president Denise Garland shares her experience on how she and her husband were able to improve internet service for their home on Tucson's westside:

Many of us have experienced unreliable and poor internet speed. Recently my husband and I researched new providers (other than what we had with CenturyLink). We settled on T-Mobile, which I am not telling you to go with, but instead I learned some tips to help you find an internet provider that is best for you. I am not an expert, but hope the information I am sharing will help. Please check out the following tips, and good luck!!

1. Make time to call multiple internet providers. Many of them do not have current information on their websites. We found that was the case with T-Mobile. When we called, despite the website saying they could not help us, they told us on the phone they could.

2. Ask the providers about how they give you internet. 5G towers are the best now. Ask about where the closest towers are (line of site) for your location. If you can't see the towers from your house you may not get a strong signal.

3. If you get a poor signal when you change providers ask about buying and installing an external antenna. Some providers will not be able to sell or install an external antenna, but we found that Wave Form makes a 2x2 Mimo External Panel Antenna. This antenna was a major project to install on our roof, but we now have AMAZING upload and download speeds.

4. Ask questions. If you don't get good customer service or a low price, move on to another company. It's a competitive, ever changing industry.

Denise Garland, President, GPANA

Dangerously Venomous Animals
Member Mike Cardwell, a well known rattlesnake expert, has written an informative summary on the venomous animals found in the Tucson Mountains. A reminder for long-time residents, but important reading for new residents not familiar with our local critters. Please share with new neighbors. Click the image below to be taken to the full story and print for future reference.

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Wildlife Neighbors, Tucson Mountains

Our wildlife neighbors are an interesting and diverse bunch of creatures. They adapted to life in these arid lands long before we arrived. See the links below for what you can expect to see in our Sonoran Desert.

Amphibians and reptiles of the Tucson Mountains, AZ

Birds of the Tucson Mountains, AZ

Mammals of the Tucson Mountains, AZ