- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) - Authorities in Grant County of southwestern Wisconsin were on the lookout for a fugitive - a huge snake - but now they’re standing down.

The snake was spotted around 5:30 p.m. Sunday, slithering across Highway 61 in Dickeyville. The sheriff’s office at first said it was “as long as the width of both lanes of traffic.” And while authorities first thought it was a python, they now say a picture snapped by a resident shows that it was a bull snake between 50 and 70 inches long. The species is native to the area.

While Sheriff Nate Dreckman advised parents to keep close watch on small children and pets, his office now says there’s no danger to the public, and anyone who sees the snake should just leave it alone.

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