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Florida is marking a milestone in its attempt to control an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

Miami Herald

Gov. Rick Scott has signed a bill aimed at reducing the number of pythons and other invasive species that cause damage in parts of the state, including the Everglades.

The bill (SB 168), which Scott signed Friday after it was unanimously approved this month by the Legislature, sets up a pilot program targeting pythons and species such as tegu lizards and lionfish.

Under the program, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be able to enter contracts with people to capture or destroy the species on public lands and in state waters.

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A federal wildlife refuge north of the Everglades is setting traps for pythons to protect against the voracious invasive snake.

Researchers say invasive Burmese pythons are depleting so many animals in the Everglades, mosquitoes there are mainly biting a species of rat that carries a virus dangerous to humans. 

61 Pythons Bagged So Far In Challenge

Jan 27, 2016
Associated Press

Florida wildlife officials say 61 Burmese pythons have been caught so far in a state-sanctioned hunt.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Registration begins soon for the Python Challenge, which encourages hunters to kill or capture pythons in the Everglades for cash prizes.

J Pat Carter / AP

MIAMI — A public hunt for Burmese pythons in Florida’s Everglades won’t be repeated next year, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman said Monday. 

Instead, the state is beefing up established programs that train licensed hunters and people who regularly work in areas known to contain pythons to kill or report exotic snakes.

“Certainly our work is not done with pythons,” said wildlife commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson.

People across 10 Florida counties have been issued citations and warnings for illegally selling animals online, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Some of the animals for sale included ball pythons, spiny lobsters and lovebirds. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission targeted people who were either selling animals without a license, or peddling creatures that are illegal to sell.