MANATEE — Remember that 14-foot python that Wildlife Rescue;s Justin Matthews wrestled out a drain pipe on July 25, and how it drew national attention?
Turns out it was staged.
Matthews, a well known wildlife trapper, admitted as much to a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission investigator on Wednesday.
"I wanted to make a point, but I regret it now," Matthews said today.
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FWC spokesman Gary Morse said the incident is still under investigation.
"It was a lapse in judgment on his part," Morse said.
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