Counties Push for Stricter Python Regulation
While the state is searching for pythons in the wild, nothing is being done to keep the predators out of urban areas.
Anyone can get certified and buy a Burmese python to keep as a pet. County governments want more control over where dangerous animals are housed, according to the Capitol News Service.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission declined a request for an on-camera interview but says they’re taking the counties suggestions under consideration.
The Florida Association of Counties is asking the Fish and Wildlife Commission to give local governments more of a say-so in the permitting process.
Counties also want the authority to zone areas for dangerous pets.
“You have areas that are where I think those types of animals would be more safely zoned for, versus a high density condominium or something like that," said Cragin Mosteller with the Florida Association of Counties. "The fact is that those are the things we need to start looking at and working together to solve.”
The Animal Rights Foundation of Florida has posted a list of reports of exotic pets that have escaped their cages in Florida. To view the list, go to the Web site.
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