On Thursday, July 20th The BenGil Post got wind of claims that a Black Mamba snake had been abandoned and escaped from a foreclosed home somewhere by the bike trial. In the end these claims turned out to be false. Here is the real story:
Around Thursday, July 14th some of the neighbors were cleaning up trash that renters had left that was starting to stink. While picking up the trash these neighbors noticed skulls and carcasses of small rodents and animals.
Next, a city worker noticed a snake with a large head while mowing the tall grass of the abandoned house. Authorities were alerted and after an investigation learned that the former renters did indeed have large snakes at the house.
The renters of a property near the Gillespie entrance to the bike trail vacated a house and left 4 Boa Constrictors behind. 3 of these were approx. 1 to 2 feet in length, and the other one was a large adult approx. 5 or more feet in length. The 3 smaller snakes got out of their tanks but remained in the house. However, the large adult snake escaped the house through the doggie door. As a result the city worker saw it in the yard as mentioned above.
On Friday, July 15th a wild life expert was called in a set a trap to catch the large snake. On Monday, July 18th Gillespie Police Chief Jared Depoppe reported that “all the snakes had been accounted for and were no longer in the city limits. There are no current safety concerns for the community.”