Training to use narcan to kill the most dangerous snakes in the world will no longer be offered by the National Rattlesnake and Amphibian Society until the summer of 2020.
The course will now end in May 2019, according to a news release from the Society.
The last time it was offered, in October 2016, the training class included the black widow snake and a python, a black bear, and a bobcat.
The snake that killed the black bear is now in the custody of the Alberta Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
The next training class will be offered in 2019, but no exact date has been set.
The society’s chief executive, James Bouchard, said in a news conference on Thursday that the snakes were not allowed into Canada because they could pose a threat to people.
The black widow and bobcat are the most deadly snakes in North America, and the black bears are considered by some to be the most threatening of all the species.
“We will be offering snake venom training in the near future and I think that is a very positive step forward for the snakes and for the community,” he said.
“But that is just one step.
The whole idea of the training was to give them some training in safety, and I would hope that we would all agree that snakes are very dangerous.”
Bouchad said he was disappointed that the training classes will not be offered again.
“This is a disappointing day for us and the snake communities who were looking forward to this,” he added.
He said he is hopeful the snakes can return to Canada once the new season begins.
In addition to the black and white rattlesnakes, the Society is offering a python and black bear class as well as a python trainer for the 2019-2020 season.
“Our focus is on snakes in their natural habitat,” Bouchar said.