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Action Report: Windance homeowner is trapping water moccasins

Leger says his three young grandchildren love playing in the yard, and that's why he has decided to catch the snakes in a trap. Leger says his three young grandchildren love playing in the yard, and that's why he has decided to catch the snakes in a trap.
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Junior Leger was born and raised on the bayou in Louisiana. He's familiar with the dangers of water moccasins and other snakes.

"I was born and raised with water moccasins, cotton mouth, rattlers, copperheads. You name it, we had them, and we learned to respect them at a very young age," Leger said

Leger lives on Adams Lake in the Windance subdivision and loves fishing on his pier. It's a lovely, peaceful setting. However, in the past month he has witnessed an influx of water moccasins, especially when he's throwing out his fishing line.

"We have alligators in the lake. We have beavers, but I've never seen a water moccasin until this year, and I've been here eight years," said Leger.

Leger and most of his neighbors have seen the moccasins sunbathe in their yards, on their piers and in their gardens. Leger says his three young grandchildren love playing in the yard, and that's why he has decided to catch the snakes in a trap. Last month he trapped four, each in the vicinity of four and a half feet long.

"I trap them, and once they're in the trap, I take them to the end of my pier and go down below where they can't get out and within ten minutes they drown," said Leger.

A water moccasin's bite can be extremely painful and can be fatal, though very few humans have died from the bite. Females give birth to anywhere from 12 to 20 babies every two to three years. They are known to have an aggressive reputation.

"Be extra careful in the low lying areas, in the marsh or when you get out of a boat. Be very careful. Don't let kids wander," Leger warned.

Anyone suffering from a water moccasin bite should seek medical attention immediately.

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