Officials hope hunters, public help them root out, hunt down invading pythons

A python patrol could soon be on the trail of a slithering menace in Southwest Florida.

For years, pythons have been spreading across the Everglades, raising worries about how the non-native invaders might disrupt the South Florida ecosystem.

State and federal lawmakers have moved to ban the snakes, and licensed Florida hunters, starting today, are allowed to target pythons in three state-managed areas around the Everglades.

But invasive species experts in Southwest Florida are talking about a different sort of strike.

They say they don’t know enough about where people are spotting pythons, hamstringing efforts to root them out.

”We need to fix that,” said Greg Curry, a resource manager who specializes in exotic species management at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

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About Candace M Hansen

Wildlife advocate, conservationist and environmentalist.
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