These encounters and captures unfortunately did not count toward the python eradication stats kept by the FWC (CLICK HERE for other posts involving FWC, including our Coyote situation).
The python control has now broken 1,000 pythons. See the Wednesday, May 23, 2018, article in the Miami Herald (or online 5/22/2018) Florida's Everglades now have 1,000 fewer pythons, by Jenny Staletovich.
Pythons are invasive and are devastating our local animal population. I'd like to think that I have been doing my small part, both in education through this blog as well as actually participating in a python "hunt" - I was on a python hunt on Feb 19, 2018 (with a licensed FWC guide/hunter) where we bagged this lil guy - 7 feet, 4 inch python.
In the interest of full disclosure, this python capture took place on February 18, 2018. The snake was not harmed as part of the capture. The licensed python hunter took the snake the next day to the FWC location where it was measured, logged and then harvested.