Francis Rooney Nabs Five Snakes in Everglades Python Hunt

Postado Agosto 13, 2017

Rooney's office said he captured two adults and three hatchlings of the invasive pythons.

The goal of the Python Elimination Program is to eliminate the invasive Burmese Python which damages the Everglades ecosystem and its native wildlife. "Innovative ideas such as the Python Elimination Program incentivize members of the public to assist in removing this invasive species and remind us that we all have a vested interest in restoring the Everglades".

Rooney's goal in participating in the hunt - aside from the thrill of the chase and an interesting story to tell his fellow congressmen when he returns to Washington, D.C. - was to spread awareness about the devastation pythons are causing in one of Florida's most precious ecosystems.

"Having also experienced the program firsthand, I can not say enough about the tremendous work of our bounty hunters working long hours and enduring the harsh summer elements to rid the Everglades of this destructive python threat", said O'Keefe.

In January, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission brought in Irula tribesmen to help remove the pythons.

"After last night, there are five less invasive pythons alive to menace the Everglades ecosystem", Rooney added.

The concern is about more than pythons, he continued.

"Killing off these pythons is important, but is only part of the solution to the ecosystem's plight".

Dan O'Keefe, SFWMD Governing Board chairman, welcomed the congressman to the program.

"Joining this hunt is a worthy challenge", said O'Keefe. "Having also experienced the program firsthand by participating in a live hunt, I can not say enough about the tremendous work of our bounty hunters working long hours and enduring the harsh summer elements to rid the Everglades of this destructive python threat". O'Keefe explained, "It's the prevention of 40 to 50 more snakes by destroying a large female carrying 40 to 50 eggs; and, it's the countless number of native Florida animals spared from the jaws of these killing-machines".