Florida Fish and Wildlife Captures Second Huge Burmese Python, Among Largest Snakes Ever Removed
By Space Coast Daily // August 29, 2019
Python Action Team Removing Invasive Constrictors
BURMESE PYTHONS ARE A THREAT TO NATIVE WILDLIFE
(FWC) – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that the same day they shared the story about a 17-foot-9-inch nonnative python removed from Big Cypress National Preserve, Python Action Team member George Perkins arrived at the FWC office in Davie with another one…of the exact same length!
Perkin’s snake was quite a bit wider, weighing in at 121 pounds, which is about 40 pounds heavier than the last one caught by Python Action Team member Kevin Reich.
“Our team members have removed an impressive 147 invasive snakes so far this month,” said FWC officials.
The FWC designed the Python Action Team Removing Invasive Constrictors (PARTIC) to further engage qualified individuals with nonnative constrictor management efforts. Python Action
Team members survey for nonnative constrictors in specific areas, respond to survey requests in areas where nonnative constrictors have been reported, and deposit captured nonnative constrictors (live or euthanized) at designated drop-off locations.
Surveys may be conducted on foot, by vehicle or by watercraft.
Team members will be paid monthly by the FWC for nonnative constrictor removal efforts based on hourly rates.
Rates are $8.46 an hour for surveys conducted on Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA and Everglades National Park; $15.00 an hour for surveys conducted on Holey Land, Rotenberger, and Picayune Strand WMAs as well as on Big Cypress National Preserve; and $15 an hour for responding to survey requests.
They also will be paid $200 for removal of each active nonnative constrictor nest that has been field verified by the FWC.
For all submitted nonnative constrictors, the FWC will make an additional payment per nonnative constrictor of $50 for nonnative constrictors measuring up to four feet, and an extra $25 for every foot measured above four feet.
Who should apply?
• Hunters, anglers, and outdoor recreationists
• Anyone with experience removing pythons or other large constrictors from the wild
Eligible applicants must:
• Have no violations on any FWC issued permits or other wildlife-related citations.
• Have sufficient time to conduct self-directed surveys and respond to survey requests.
• Possess personal communication capabilities, including a cell phone and valid email.
• Assume personal liability for health, welfare and safety of themselves and anyone assisting them.
• Project a positive image of the FWC and the Python Action Team at all times.
How to apply
To apply for a PATRIC position, complete the application and submit it via email to Pythons@MyFWC.com or send to 3200 College Ave. Davie West Bldg., Rm. 414, Davie, Florida 33314.
Qualified applicants will receive detailed information about the program. Individuals selected for the program must register as a vendor with the My Florida Marketplace system and will receive a monthly invoice from the FWC that they must approve within five business days.
PLEASE NOTE: Vendors in the My Florida Marketplace system are billed a service fee each time they receive a payment, which is equal to 7/10 of 1% of the payment amount. Python Action Team members are expected to pay this service fee. For any questions, or to request additional information, please email the Python Incentives and Education Specialist at Pythons@MyFWC.com
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