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Contact: Bob DeGross, 239-695-1107
Contact: Ron Clark, 239-695-1106
On August 28, 2009 Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent Pedro Ramos announced the Partner With Hunters program to assist in the control of reptiles of concern, particularly Burmese pythons, within the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area. This program is being implemented in cooperation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Order Number EO 09-08 establishing special regulations to aid in control of reptiles of concern listed in Rule 68A-6.007(1), F.A.C. which are a threat to native wildlife. The Big Cypress Partner With Hunters Program will allow hunters to take reptiles of concern within Big Cypress National Preserve, provided:
1) Reptiles of concern as listed in Rule 68A-6.007(1)(a)-(f) are taken during established seasons for the taking of game animals and only by persons properly licensed and permitted to take game animals.
2) Reptiles of concern shall not be removed from the areas alive.
3) Persons who take any reptile of concern shall report the take within 36 hours, and shall provide all data requested.
4) Guns are a prohibited method of take for Reptiles of Concern, except when the use of guns to take game on the areas is authorized and only to the extent that guns are authorized.
5) This program will take effect on September 5, 2009 with the start of archery season within Big Cypress National Preserve.
Hunters wishing to participate in this program will be able to receive more information on details at Big Cypress National Preserve wildlife check stations and at the Oasis Visitor Center.