MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for tens of thousands of pythons believed to be in the Everglades to be hunted and killed.
Nelson sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday, asking for permission to have deputized agents and volunteers kill as many of the snakes as possible in an organized hunt.
The senator's request comes after a 2-year-old central Florida girl was strangled by an unlicensed pet python in her home.
Nelson hosted Salazar on a tour of the Everglades last month, in which he advised the secretary of the python problem. He estimated 100,000 of the snakes may be in the park.