SHIOCTON - A python has been dumped at a nature preserve in Northeast Wisconsin. A 10-and-a-half foot python was spotted at the Navarino Nature Wildlife Preserve over Memorial Day weekend. So far the snake hasn’t been caught yet.
Directors of the nature center want to ensure people this snake is not a threat and may actually be in danger itself.
"This is really kind of causing a problem for us," said Tim Ewing, Director of the Navarino Wildlife Center.
Ewing said he thinks it was someone's pet that was dropped off. And now the snake sighting is starting rumors. The Education Center doesn't want it scaring people into not coming to the wildlife preserve.
"There's nothing to fear, at this point in time, there's no danger to you,” said Ewing. “So come out and enjoy your wildlife area."
No one has seen the python since May. But, the snake may be in danger as well.
"It probably isn't doing so well health wise because they need 80 to 90 degree weather," said Kay Brockman-Mederas, wildlife biologist.
The snake needs to be under heat lamps. Groups have been coming out to search for the reptile to find it a good home, but still no sign. This weekend, a group from Madison will search again.
"It's a lot of land and it's only one snake," said Brockman-Mederas.
The DNR wants to remind people the snake is nocturnal, and probably won't prey on humans.
"It's not something that's going to tangle around you and you aren't going to be able to get away,” said Brockman-Mederas.
The DNR added if you do happen to see the python, be sure to contact them, the nature center or the sheriff's office.