FWC offers youth python hunting program



Sally-Emma Calandroni, Managing Editor

With Parental Supervision, kids from ages 12 to 17 can now fight the good fight by killing the invasive Burmese python species in the Everglades.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering youth hunting programs for Florida youths to reduce the amount of invasive Burmese pythons. By the end of the course, the kids will have learned how to humanely capture a python and how releasing exotic species into a foreign environment is harmful.

Numbers of pythons in the Everglades have tripled in the past 10 years. These snakes have had a dramatic impact on the local populations of raccoons, opossums, marsh rabbits, bobcats and other small mammals in the Everglades.

The Burmese pythons were introduced locally to Florida’s ecosystem in the 1990s by irresponsible snake owners who released them when they got too large to handle.

In regards to the efforts overall of eliminating pythons from the Everglades, including those involved in the youth program, SFWMD Governing Board Chairman said, “Every one of [the] snakes killed helps ensure the lives of hundreds of native species essential to the Everglades ecosystem.”

For more information about the python hunting program, visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission