Florida hit another new milestone this week. Wildlife officials say 5,000 Burmese pythons have now been captured in the Florida Everglades since the state started paying hunters to track them down in 2017.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the South Florida Water Management District made the announcement on Tuesday.
Ron Bergeron is a water district board member and an avid python hunter. He says each python captured represents hundreds of native Florida wildlife saved. Scientists have estimated there are between 100,000 and 300,000 pythons in the Florida Everglades.