Miccosukee Tribe shuts door to research on invasive python species

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey captured a Burmese python in the Everglades in Florida. Photo: USGS

The Miccosukee Tribe has closed its lands to research on invasive python species, The Miami Herald reports.

The state and the federal government were both studying the spread of pythons in Florida, the paper said. But tribal leaders don't think the efforts are paying off.

“This is a not a political statement,” employee Gintas Zavadzkas told the paper. “This is a belief statement and the tribe didn’t bring the snakes here.”

Various python species have infiltrated the Everglades, where the tribe makes its home. They are blamed for disrupting the habitat and preying on native animals.

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