Man Catches Eight Snakes in Frederiksted, Gets Paid $600 as Part of DPNR Program

Staff Consortium | October 07, 2022

The V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources announced Friday that the Division of Fish and Wildlife issued its first bounty check to a St. Croix resident who recently became a certified wildlife control operator.   Jose Bermudez brought in eight snakes worth $50 each and two snakes over four feet worth $100 each, for a total bounty of $600. All the snakes were caught in the Creque Dam area of Frederiksted, DPNR said.    The bounty was rewarded as part of the Invasive Species Eradication Community Program created under Act No. 8450 and sponsored by Senator Kenneth Gittens. The program, now found under Title 12 of the V.I Code § 111-117, enables DPNR to certify members of the USVI community to become wildlife control operators who are eligible for bounties or removal agents who can start small businesses.   “Senator Gittens was invited…