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FWC Unveils New Programs To Encourage Public To Help With Burmese Python Removals

Edward Mercer

Florida wildlife officials are launching a couple new programs to encourage people to help remove Burmese pythons—one of Florida’s nonnative species.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has unveiled two programs.

Through the Python Pickup Program, officials want the public to remove and report wild Burmese Pythons in and around the Everglades area. Participants will then be eligible for a prize as well as a monthly drawing. Prizes range from T-shirts to a lifetime Sportsmen’s License. They must have photographic evidence and provide the python’s removal location.

The second is the Python Contractor Program, which pays participants for the python removal. FWC officials have already selected 22 contractors who have experience capturing the wild Burmese pythons.

A recent executive order also allows people to remove pythons from 22 public lands. No permit is needed.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.