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FWC hosts public python workshops in south Florida

News Release

Monday, October 30, 2017

Media contact: Sarah Lessard, 850-617-9383

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your feedback on Burmese python management issues in south Florida.

The Burmese python, a large nonvenomous constrictor, is an invasive species in Florida. These snakes are currently found primarily in and around the Everglades, where they represent a serious threat to native wildlife.

“Over the past 20 years, Burmese pythons have spread from being a localized problem to a larger landscape problem across state, federal and private lands in south Florida,” said Sarah Funck, who leads the FWC’s Nonnative Fish and Wildlife Program. “We want to work with our partners, land managers and members of the public to identify options to control and remove this invasive species.”

In partnership with Everglades National Park, the FWC is developing an Interagency Python Management Plan to identify goals and strategies for land managers to help control invasive Burmese pythons.

“Coordination and cooperation across agencies and boundaries are critical to successful invasive species management,” said Tylan Dean, Biological Resources Branch Chief for Everglades National Park. “This plan will help improve management of this invasive species throughout south Florida.” 

Several public workshops will be held in November in conjunction with the development of this new management plan. These workshops will allow the public to share their input on policy and management, and learn what steps are currently being taken to control Burmese pythons in Florida.

In-person workshops will be open to the public and held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. local time at the following locations:

  • Nov. 6: Key Largo, Murray Nelson Government Center, 102050 Overseas Highway.
  • Nov. 7: Homestead, UF/IFAS Extension Office, 18710 SW 288th St.
  • Nov. 8: Davie, Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, Room 103, 3205 College Ave.
  • Nov. 13: Tampa area (Apollo Beach), Suncoast Youth Conservation Center, 6650 Dickman Road.
  • Nov. 14: Ft. Myers, Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium, 3450 Ortiz Ave.
  • Nov. 15: West Palm Beach, Okeeheelee Nature Center, 7715 Forest Hill Blvd.
  • Nov. 16: Clewiston, John Boy Auditorium, 1200 S W C Owen Ave. 

Not able to attend a workshop? Visit our webpage to view the presentation and submit comments online.

For updates and to learn more about nonnative species workshops, visit and click on “Public Workshops.”


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