Jenny Staletovich (Miami Herald) reports on the culling of invasive Burmese pythons, which have been reproducing at a quick rate since the 1980s in South Florida:
Snake hunters for the South Florida Water Management District hit a major milestone when they bagged their 1000th Burmese python, before heading out and quickly catching eight more. On Tuesday, the district held a celebratory check-in at the Homestead field station, documenting Number 1,000: an 11-foot, two-inch male snake.
Hunter Brian Hargrove said he caught the snake about 11:40 p.m. Friday near the L-31E canal, a hotspot for python hunters that skirts the cooling canals at Turkey Point and empties into Card Sound. Hargrove, who has caught 115 snakes over the past year, called the capture a “bittersweet thing” during a district Facebook Live broadcast from the event. “I love snakes actually,” he said. “But I also love the Everglades. I grew up here and it’s not the same. You don’t see the same fish. You don’t see any mammals. All you really see are pythons.”