Florida to hire more python hunters, expand their territory
A team of researchers and wildlife biologists at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida capture an invasive Burmese python while on a tracking route across Collier County on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Nicole Raucheisen/Naples Daily News
Just two weeks into Florida's annual Python Challenge, which tasks hunters with tracking down Burmese pythons, 82 snakes have already been captured. That breaks the record set in 2013's inaugural challenge by 14. USA TODAY
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A man is facing theft charges after trying to steal a large snake from a pet store by shoving the reptile down his pants. (May 5) AP
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MIAMI (AP) — Florida is hiring more python hunters and expanding the area where they can stalk the invasive snakes.
The South Florida Water Management District started paying minimum wage to 25 hunters in March to kill pythons on its property in Miami-Dade County.
The Sun Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2rJ6QiF) that the district's board decided Thursday to hire more hunters and extend their hunting grounds into district property in Broward and Collier counties.
So far, the state-paid hunters have killed 158 pythons. They're paid $8.10 an hour and earn bonuses based on the length of each snake they kill.
The district originally set aside $175,000 for the pilot program, but less than $50,000 has been used up so far.
Pythons are blamed for declining mammal populations in the Everglades.