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A total of 25 snake hunters are to be hired by the South Florida Water Management District to tackle an investation of Burmese pythons. Do you consider your boss to be a big snake?
Burmese pythons are at the top of the food chain in the Everglades and researchers fear they are spreading.
"Anyone who has seen the now famous python vs. alligator video can attest that the fight for survival of the Everglades is real", said SFWMD Governing Board Chairman Dan O'Keefe after officials authorized a 60-day paid pilot program on Thursday. They'll be paid minimum wage hourly, and awarded bonuses per snake, based on its size. An additional $100 will be given for each python nest with eggs eliminated. Floridians should have no sympathies for this notorious strangler, and this latest initiative should pave the way for further exotic elimination efforts. If you've ever been interested in hunting pythons, you're in luck. The 2-month hunt would include 25 professionally paid snake hunters, scouring the district's land in Miami-Dade County where they are most prevalent.
Application details can be found on the South Florida Water Management District's website.
To be eligible for the job, applicants must be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver's license and email address, posess a smart phone that can be tracked through Global Positioning System, have not been convicted of a felony or wildlife-related offense within the last five years, and must submit to a criminal background check.
Participants may not have been convicted of any wildlife-related offense. These hunters would not be amateurs, but trained snake hunters paid to capture and remove the reptiles. "We've had volunteers in south Florida using their own gas, their own vehicles, their own time, catching pythons for the last 10 years and they are pretty talented", Wasilewski said.
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