Congressman Francis Rooney applauds the expansion of python removal in Everglades National Park

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Congressman Francis Rooney applauds the expansion of python removal in Everglades National Park, May 31, 2018 | Chris Berardi (202-897-7700) | comments

Naples, FL- Congressman Francis Rooney issued the following statement regarding the announcement of expanded python removal in Everglades National Park.

“After joining a python hunt last summer with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), and communicating with Interior Secretary Zinke, I thank the National Park Service for its decision to expand their python removal program in Everglades National Park.

“This is good news for our South Florida community. I would like to thank Pedro Ramos with the National Park Service (NPS) at Everglades National Park and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) for their tireless efforts to protect our unique ecosystems.

“Burmese pythons are a grave danger to the Everglades. Expanding the Python Removal Authorized Agent Program will aid in the removal of more snakes, and help preserve the Everglades.”

 

According to the Park, changes to the Python Removal Authorized Agent Program include:

 

  • Allowing paid FWC contractors to remove pythons from the Park
  • Tripling the number of agents in the Park from 40 to 120
  • Allowing the use firearms or other humane methods to eliminate pythons in the wild
  • Allowing for more qualified trained NPS personnel to capture and turn in pythons

 

Background:

 

Thus far in 2018, Congressman Rooney, along with House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, has written two letters to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke about the importance of expanding python removal efforts in Everglades National Park. Further, Congressman Rooney has advocated for additional expansion of successful Florida programs, such as the SFWMD’s Python Elimination Program and the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s radio-telemetry program, which helps track male pythons during breeding.

 

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