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Business leaders hunt python with SFWMD chair

By Staff | Nov 8, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED Chauncey Goss, Tom Uhler, Geoff Roepstorff and Steve Pontius with their catch.

Lee County businessmen Tom Uhler and Steve Pontius joined South Florida Water Management District Governing Board Chairman Chauncey Goss and python hunter Geoff Roepstorff on a weekend python hunt in early November.

They successfully removed yet another invasive python from the Everglades.

“This group of environmentally-sensitive friends removed the 2,675th python under our district python removal program,” SFWMD Project Manager Mike Kirkland said.

This was not the first python hunt for the group. Uhler, Pontius and Goss joined Roepstorff in August. Two invasive snakes caught on that hunt were the 2,345th and 2,346th pythons removed by 25 SFWMD hunters in just over two years.

“Governor DeSantis has been a great supporter of the Everglades, both in water quality issues and invasive species issues,” Goss said. “District python hunters like Geoff Roepstorff are a highly experienced group. Their success in taking pythons out of the Everglades is unprecedented. They’re trying to make a real difference for the native species now threatened in their Everglades habitat by these predator pythons.”