Thousands of Burmese Pythons Removed from the Everglades

Jordan Kirkland ()                  The Florida Report ()          November 4th, 2019

On Monday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced and applauded the efforts of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to remove more than 3,600 invasive Burmese pythons from South Florida’s Everglades System.

The invasive reptiles have been a problem since the 1970s after irresponsible pet owners released them into the ecosystem. The subtropical environment, with its ideal temperatures and abundance of defenseless prey, helped their population explode, resulting in the much of the native wildlife -- raccoons, foxes, marsh rabbits, and birds -- being destroyed.

As the fight to preserve the Everglades continues, the FWC’s Python Action Team has made major strides in eradicating the threat. Today, the team reached a major milestone of removing 1,000 Burmese pythons from the wild in Florida, continuing DeSantis' mission to rid the pythons from the Everglades.

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