UPDATED: Thursday, July 26, 2012 --- 7:50p.m.
Release from Whitewater Police Department:
Thanks to the quick response of Jane Wegner and Chuck Nass, the released boa constrictor has been captured. On Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at approximately 10:30am, the 6-7 food Red Tail Colombian Boa Constrictor, that was released during the vandalism to property incident on July 5, 2012, was recovered. Mrs. Wegner, city employee and long time resident of Whitewater, observed the snake while she was walking near the Ray Trost Nature Preserve. Mrs. Wegner immediately sought the assistance of Park and streets Superintendent Chuck Nass. Superintendent Nass, along with his crew immediately responded, located and contained the snake until law enforcement and the owner arrived. The owner is presently in possession of the snake and will be removing it from the city.
Posted Friday, July 6, 2012 --- 1:25 p.m.
From the City of Whitewater Police Department:
On Wednesday, July 5, 2012 between 3:00am and 6:00am, a burglary/vandalism to property occurred in the City of Whitewater at 330 N. Fremont St.
Among the items damaged in the residence, was a large snake enclosure.
This enclosure contained a 6-7 foot Red Tail Colombian Boa Constrictor snake.
The snake has not been located as of this press release.
The Whitewater Police Department is working with the owner and experienced professionals to locate the snake.
The police department urges citizens in the area to be on the lookout for this snake and to contact the police department at 262-473-0555 if they locate it.
These snakes are normally very docile and feed on mice, rats, and small rabbits.
The Whitewater Police Department also would like citizens to know that exotic animals such as these are prohibited in the City of Whitewater.
Under ordinance 9.16.010, no person shall keep, within the limits of the city, any of the following: (a) Wild animals; (b) Dangerous animals; (c) Crocodiles or alligators; (d) Poisonous snakes or reptiles.