About 5 years ago I lost a young bull that was the end result of several years of careful breeding. I had spent a lot of time and money on researching specific genetics, buying cows with those bloodlines. I bought semen, in some cases from bulls that are deceased, to achieve my goals. In short that bull was irreplaceable, some of the cows had died and semen from some of the bulls used in his breeding were no longer available. I was in the barn and heard a commotion out behind, I ran out the back door and found him with a huge rattlesnake still clinging to the side of his face. The bite was on the cheek above the corner of the mouth. I called my vet and he advised me to take him to the vet school. In a short time the flesh on the side of the jaw, the jaw muscles, and part of his tongue became necrotic, and sloughed off exposing his jaw and teeth. He finally lost control of his jaw and couldn't eat or drink. They even tried surgery to save him but it didn't work. After seven weeks and several thousand dollars worth of treatment he had to be put down. Sadly, I had not yet had him collected, so I lost everything I had in him. Care to guess what happens to EVERY DAMN POISONOUS SNAKE I SEE AROUND HERE? And not just the ones I find by chance, I diligently search for them. I am just thankful that it wasn't a grandchild, other family member, or any other person. It is my opinion that anyone with children, livestock, or pets, that fails to kill any venomous snake they encounter on their property is at the very least negligent and more than a bit daft.