Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Florida lawmaker wants $600k to hunt Burmese pythons

Posted By on Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 11:54 AM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION
  • Photo via Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
A new bill could mean you can finally quit your day job and pursue your dreams as a Florida python hunter.

A Florida senator has proposed a bill (SB 230) that will hire private contractors to eradicate invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades.

Republican Senator Frank Artiles, who hunts pythons in his spare time, introduced the bill, which asks for $600,000 for a two-year pilot program to get rid of the snakes.

The pythons would be hunted, captured, killed and recorded for research purposes. The bill would also require Florida pet dealers to identify non-native species before they're sold.

It's not the first time a plan like this has been proposed. Earlier in March, the South Florida Water Management District also implemented a 60-day pilot program that looked to hire 25 snake bounty hunters in order to remove Burmese python from the area.

Artiles' bill was voted to advance to the full Senate by the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources.

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