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Florida could use drones to fight pythons, invasive species

Posted at 5:35 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 05:36:53-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is looking to take to the air to fight pythons on the ground.

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A state Senate committee approved a bill to allow two state agencies to use drones to manage and eradicate invasive plants and animals.

Republican Sen. Ben Albritton said that could include identifying Burmese pythons that have become a scourge in the Everglades.

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The bill would create an exception to a current law that prohibits law enforcement from using drones to gather information and that bans state agencies from using drones to gather images on private land.