HELP WANTED: FL Hiring 50 New Citizen Python Hunters

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Need more fresh air and exercise? Want to help the health of our environment? Enjoy spending time with wildlife? The South Florida Water Management District wants to talk with you … 

Sep 16, 2019

CNN – The South Florida Water Management District is looking for a few dozen more civic-minded people to join its python elimination program.

“Python removal agents” are paid by the hour to track and humanely dispatch pythons and other invasive, environmentally dangerous snake species.

There are bonuses to be had as well: The program pays extra for snakes measuring more than four feet or for snakes that were guarding snake eggs.

Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission describes the Burmese python, native to Asia, as “an invasive species which negatively impacts native wildlife in and around the Everglades ecosystem in south Florida.”

Since the Python Elimination Program began, more than 2,500 pythons have been captured and killed.

In fact, it’s proved so effective the SFWMD is petitioning to add $750,000 to the program’s funding.

“We’re going to be asking for 50 paid hunters … ” Read more. 

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