Congressman Francis Rooney’s letter to Secretary Zinke to expand python hunting in the Everglades
Naples, FL- This week, Congressman Francis Rooney sent a letter, along with House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke regarding the need for expanded python hunting and deployment of a male python tracking system in Everglades National Park.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Invasive Burmese pythons are terrorizing our fragile South Florida ecosystems. While there are successful programs to rid our lands of these creatures, such as the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) Python Elimination Program and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s male python tracking program, python removal in Everglades National Park is currently limited to a select group of removal agents. We commend the National Park Service (NPS) on their ongoing efforts to expand their existing Python Removal Authorized Agent Program in the Park. Further, the NPS should equally consider incorporating these successful Florida programs in their expansion.
“Along with Congressman Bishop, I sent a letter to Secretary Zinke stressing the importance of expanding python removal in the Park. This will diminish the snake population, and protect our unique ecosystem from further damage.”