Residents on High Alert as 8-Foot Python Slithers Free in Federalsburg, MD

Cover Photo: File photo of a python.

Federalsburg, MD News (5/26/2023) – Panic has struck the peaceful town of Federalsburg as local authorities report that an enormous 8-foot python is currently on the loose. Police have urged residents to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions as they continue their efforts to capture the elusive reptile. The snake, believed to be either a pet that escaped or a deliberate release into the wild, was last seen in the vicinity of Vesper Avenue.

The news of the escaped python has sent shockwaves through the community, with many expressing concern for their safety and that of their pets. Local authorities have assured residents that they are doing everything within their power to locate and safely apprehend the reptile. Animal control officers and experienced snake handlers have been dispatched to aid in the search.

Authorities have advised residents to exercise caution if spotted. Pythons, known for their strength and potential danger, are non-venomous but can pose a risk if agitated or handled improperly. Anyone who encounters the snake should immediately contact the local authorities or animal control.

Origins of the python remain uncertain. If it is determined that the snake was released into the wild intentionally, the responsible individual could face charges for the reckless act. Releasing non-native species into the environment can have detrimental effects on local ecosystems and disrupt the balance of the natural habitat.

In the wake of this incident, the local community has rallied together, spreading awareness through social media and neighborhood watch groups. Residents are sharing tips and keeping each other informed about any potential sightings or developments, exhibiting the true spirit of unity and support.

Local pet owners have been advised to exercise caution when allowing their animals outside and to keep a close eye on their surroundings. Small pets, such as cats or small dogs, should be kept indoors or closely monitored when outside to prevent any potential encounters with the python.

As authorities intensify their efforts to locate and secure the python, residents are reminded to remain vigilant, report any sightings promptly, and cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation. The safety and well-being of the community remain the utmost priority as authorities work tirelessly to bring this unusual situation to a safe resolution.

Authorities urge anyone with information regarding the python’s whereabouts or its ownership to contact the Federalsburg Police Department immediately.

Story by RFHC staff, based upon social media posts by Federalsburg Police Department.


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