- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

NOXEN, Pa. (AP) - Organizers say scores of serpents were collected during Noxen’s annual Rattlesnake Roundup in northeastern Pennsylvania over the weekend.

Forty hunters brought in a total of 71 snakes - 28 rattlesnakes, six copperheads and 37 nonpoisonous snakes. Only five of the rattlers brought in had been captured in previous hunts.

The two-day hunt sanctioned by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission raises money for Wyoming County firefighters.

Many parents brought children to pass on the Noxen tradition, which began in 1973.

After winners were announced, the snakes were collected to be taken back to their natural habitat.

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