Fourth Brown Tree Snake Sighting on Saipan In 4 Months

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

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CNMI Division of Fish and Wildlife Saipan, CNMI

April 5, 2016

A brown treesnake has reportedly been sighted in the vicinity of the Lower Base industrial area. The USGS BTS Rapid Response Team, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and DLNR/DFW are once again collaborating to conduct night searches, cut search transects, and set and check snake traps.

Brown treesnake searchers will be arriving from USGS on Guam to work alongside searchers from DLNR Division of Fish and Wildlife and US Fish and Wildlife Service. DLNR/DFW staff from Tinian and Rota are also assisting in the effort.

The team is asking the general public, especially land owners and businesses, for their assistance and cooperation to allow the BTS Rapid Response Team access to their premises to conduct searches and set and check traps. For the next several weeks, snake searchers wearing safety vests will be carefully searching this densely vegetated area from around 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. nightly. A trained snake-searching dog will assist in certain areas.

Please, do not be alarmed if you see people with headlamps or flashlights walking around the vicinity of Lower Base. Your cooperation and support is very much appreciated. If you have any questions, please call USFWS brown treesnake coordinator Sylvan Igisomar at 664-6014, or DFW Director Manny Pangelinan at 664-6000.

If you see a snake, kill it immediately! If you can’t kill it, take a photo, then call the snake hotline at 28-SNAKE (287-6253).

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