BITE-SIZED REASON FOR HEEDING SIGNS: A 37-year-old Livermore man learned a painful lesson about wildlife during a family outing at Del Valle Regional Park on June 7.

After seeing a group of youngsters gathered in excitement around a snake, the man decided to put his hand near the snake.

Bad idea. Right there in plain view of a park rattlesnake warning sign, the rattlesnake bit him in the finger.

Park employees gave first aid and called in a CalStar helicopter to whoosh the man to a hospital for anti-venom treatment.

The visitor recovered. We at The Eye can't help but wonder: What was he thinking?

Park police say the man said he thought the snake was a harmless one from a snake demonstration earlier in the day by park naturalists.

Park officials, however, say their message to visitors is clear.

"We tell visitors to enjoy our parks and enjoy the wild," said park police Capt. Mark Ruppenthal, "but leave the wildlife alone. You never know what's going to happen."

Ironically, another park visitor to Del Valle Park a few years ago saw a snake swimming and decided to approach it in the water -- possibly thinking that rattlesnakes can't swim.

They can swim, the man learned. And he also was treated for a rattlesnake bite and left with a painful lesson.


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YOUNG NEIGHBORS: When David Joseph Galvan enters the first grade next month, he will have a pretty cool award for show-and-tell.

Galvan, 6, was recently recognized by Antioch's crime-prevention commission and the police department for his role in Neighborhood Watch.

He was named an honorary block captain by Neighborhood Watch coordinator Hans Ho for helping keep his neighborhood safe and helping organize a park cleanup.

His father, Jerry, said David always wants to be a part of neighborhood cleanups, and asks how he can get involved.

Ho made a certificate out of an old flier that included McGruff the Crime Dog.

"Hopefully, this sets a precedence for other neighbors who see young people with the same drive," Ho said. "It's the first, hopefully not the last."

SEARCH FOR BEAST MODE CONTINUES: The Eye's ongoing and still unsuccessful quest to catch Point Richmond's most famous running back in public got some useful context last week.

Maybe Marshawn Lynch's elusiveness is enhanced by his ridiculously fast Lamborghini, which was spotted in Oakland last week?

The theory that his sports car makes him more ghostlike in Point Richmond may be shaky, but the sleek six-figure Bay Area commuter car makes for yet another entertaining prop in the never dull travels of the enigmatic Super Bowl-winning star, a man who memorably declined to remove his dark shades during Super Bowl media interviews and deadpanned that he was "just about that action, boss."

According to tweets and a report from Foxsports.com, Lynch, a former Oakland prep and Cal star who dubbed himself "Beast Mode" because of his violent playing style, was in Oakland to shoot a part in a movie and parked his car, gasp, on a city street.

A photo of the car quickly circulated online, surrounded by a cluster of red carpet-ready stands and velvet rope. Lynch's representatives reached out to this newspaper to clarify that the scene was staged for the movie, "Family First -- The Marshawn Lynch Story," and not to protect Beast Mode's wheels from potential dings and scratches.

Twitter trolls had noted earlier in the week that the car was circled in velvet but sat under a big tree like a gas-guzzling birdie litter box with an impeccable paint job.

At some point, Lynch presumably drove -- not exceeding the speed limit, of course -- back to his multimillion dollar waterfront pad in Point Richmond to relax and munch on some Skittles, aka Beast Mode fuel.

As Lynch has said, "It's just a lifestyle, boss."

Staff writers Denis Cuff, Paul Burgarino and Robert Rogers contributed to this report.