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(Sun Sentinel)   More than 400 hunters have signed up to find and kill Burmese Pythons in the Everglades. Surely nothing can go wrong with this plan   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 143
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2013-01-06 02:56:15 PM
Don't restrict them . . .
 
2013-01-06 03:16:04 PM
static.tvfanatic.com
 
2013-01-06 04:05:30 PM
This is sickening. We're not even to Weasel Stomping Day and already they're pushing Snake Shooting Day.
 
2013-01-06 04:05:39 PM
I'm not sure how this will go. After all, people shoot cows thinking they're deer. I'd think snakes would be much harder to identify.
 
2013-01-06 04:06:27 PM
pjmedia.com

/ I really don't like snakes...
 
2013-01-06 04:08:17 PM
I thought to myself "Ah, weasel stomping day."
And Fark was there, just like the Sun.
 
2013-01-06 04:08:57 PM
It will be funny when the pythons are gone and the wild pigs take over.
 
2013-01-06 04:09:59 PM
Those poor snakes have families and jobs and wear funny hats to church on Sunday.
 
2013-01-06 04:12:30 PM
"Why'd you say Burmese?"
"I panicked."
 
2013-01-06 04:12:58 PM

Insatiable Jesus: It will be funny when the pythons are gone and the wild pigs take over.


Then there will be a wild pig day, and everyone will have wild bacon, and all will be well.
 
2013-01-06 04:13:13 PM
It's almost like Florida news is written exclusively by Carl Hiassen
 
2013-01-06 04:13:31 PM
Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes.
 
2013-01-06 04:14:22 PM
In other the news: The price of snakeskin boots is expected to fall dramatically.
 
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2013-01-06 04:15:06 PM
...and the elephants will freeze to death......
 
2013-01-06 04:15:46 PM
Good. This needed to happen. The python population in Florida has exploded lately.
 
2013-01-06 04:16:00 PM
I saw a short video a last year where a guy used two black Labs to sniff out pythons in a test in the Everglades. It was awesome...they'd scoot up to a hummock out in the swamp, the dogs would hop off the airboat and check for snakes. They cleared the hummocks in just a few seconds...or found snakes and barked to attract the handler, who shot the snake. It looked pretty farking foolproof. The guy said he'd trained the dogs to only alert on pythons, so they ignored all other animals.

Anyway, I trust the hunt rules permit dogs and I wish the hunters all the best. Go get em!
 
2013-01-06 04:16:49 PM
I preferred the earlier green lit headline better.
 
2013-01-06 04:17:04 PM

"Participants do not need hunting licenses, unless they're under 18, or have prior experience with snakes. The only required training can be done online. Given those slender requirements, some have questioned the wisdom of encouraging amateurs with firearms, particularly non-hunters, to take on pythons in the wild."


I see it as a win-win situation. We wind up culling both pythons AND gun-loving Floridians and others.

 
2013-01-06 04:17:28 PM
The pythons will be served with spam.
 
2013-01-06 04:17:33 PM

flak attack: The python population in Florida has exploded lately.


How's the Cougar population doing?
 
2013-01-06 04:19:09 PM
I wasnt aware that you had to sign up to shoot invasive species...

/DNRTFA
 
2013-01-06 04:22:46 PM

skinink: "Participants do not need hunting licenses, unless they're under 18, or have prior experience with snakes. The only required training can be done online. Given those slender requirements, some have questioned the wisdom of encouraging amateurs with firearms, particularly non-hunters, to take on pythons in the wild."
I see it as a win-win situation. We wind up culling both pythons AND gun-loving Floridians and others.


Exactly. But it could be improved by getting a brewery to sponsor free beer to all participants
 
2013-01-06 04:23:09 PM

Stone Meadow: flak attack: The python population in Florida has exploded lately.

How's the Cougar population doing?


As far as cats go not so great, there aren't many left. 40+ women on the other hand...
 
2013-01-06 04:23:28 PM
give them all fully automatic 'hunting' weapons
 
2013-01-06 04:23:47 PM

flak attack: Good. This needed to happen. The python population in Florida has exploded lately.


It's a good idea - but 400 people seems like an awful lot, especially with no training or qualification required - not even a hunting license. That's an awful lot of amateurs to be roaming around the 'glades, blazing away at whatever they take to be a python.
 
2013-01-06 04:26:04 PM
Get these motherfcuikn snakes out 'these motherfcuikn glades!
 
2013-01-06 04:27:04 PM

jso2897: flak attack: Good. This needed to happen. The python population in Florida has exploded lately.

It's a good idea - but 400 people seems like an awful lot, especially with no training or qualification required - not even a hunting license. That's an awful lot of amateurs to be roaming around the 'glades, blazing away at whatever they take to be a python.


For some reason your comment made me think of the scene in Jaws where the amateur fishermen come in looking for the shark and some of the fishermen wind up throwing dynamite in the water.
 
2013-01-06 04:30:36 PM

poe_zlaw: Get these monkey fightin' snakes out 'these Monday to Friday glades!


Edited for television.
 
2013-01-06 04:30:43 PM

skinink: jso2897: flak attack: Good. This needed to happen. The python population in Florida has exploded lately.

It's a good idea - but 400 people seems like an awful lot, especially with no training or qualification required - not even a hunting license. That's an awful lot of amateurs to be roaming around the 'glades, blazing away at whatever they take to be a python.

For some reason your comment made me think of the scene in Jaws where the amateur fishermen come in looking for the shark and some of the fishermen wind up throwing dynamite in the water.


Great, you just gave Cletus and Bubba a cunning plan.
 
2013-01-06 04:31:45 PM
This actually sounds like a big ol' hoot to me. Wouldn't actually do it for love nor money, but I'll bet the participants have the time of their lives.
 
2013-01-06 04:31:53 PM

mjjt: skinink: "Participants do not need hunting licenses, unless they're under 18, or have prior experience with snakes. The only required training can be done online. Given those slender requirements, some have questioned the wisdom of encouraging amateurs with firearms, particularly non-hunters, to take on pythons in the wild."
I see it as a win-win situation. We wind up culling both pythons AND gun-loving Floridians and others.

Exactly. But it could be improved by getting a brewery to sponsor free beer to all participants


Yeah that's a good idea. 400 hillbillies + guns + beer + giant ass snakes = Hilarity
 
2013-01-06 04:34:23 PM
Just send amos moses with a mongoose
 
2013-01-06 04:34:52 PM
More than 400 farkers have submitted a story about the Burmese Python hunt....each week.
 
2013-01-06 04:35:07 PM

Stone Meadow: I saw a short video a last year where a guy used two black Labs to sniff out pythons in a test in the Everglades. It was awesome...they'd scoot up to a hummock out in the swamp, the dogs would hop off the airboat and check for snakes. They cleared the hummocks in just a few seconds...or found snakes and barked to attract the handler, who shot the snake. It looked pretty farking foolproof. The guy said he'd trained the dogs to only alert on pythons, so they ignored all other animals.

Anyway, I trust the hunt rules permit dogs and I wish the hunters all the best. Go get em!


I think it's perfectly ethical, and elegantly natural, to hunt an animal with a small number of dogs against which it has a better than even sporting chance, but as the species that is meddling with the natural order, we also owe it a quick death that is humane and does not involve extended suffering, so it's necessary to put a round through it's little brain once the dogs have cornered it.

/ a snake that size views a dog as food that fights, and in any case they aren't smart enough to feel terror
 
2013-01-06 04:35:18 PM
Bird Key in Florida had a problem with water rats....tree huggers on the key opposed poison...instead they introduce black snakes to the area. Well, no more water rats, now what do we do about all these snakes? Next!
 
2013-01-06 04:36:38 PM
simkatu

I preferred the earlier green lit headline better.

This is a new group of 400 guys.

/The first group went into the swamps and haven't been heard from since.
 
2013-01-06 04:38:30 PM
As you may infer from the careful wording, I am British and thus opposed to dog pack hunting of foxes, due to the foxes' suffering. And also to raising animals for food and treating them inhumanely.

/ free range organically raised animals taste better too
// everybody wins
 
2013-01-06 04:39:29 PM
I hope there is little to no collateral damage to native species.
 
2013-01-06 04:40:51 PM
It can only go right.
 
2013-01-06 04:45:12 PM

DoctorCal: I hope there is little to no collateral damage to native species.


Are you referring to 2-legged or 4-legged ones?
 
2013-01-06 04:46:57 PM

mjjt: DoctorCal: I hope there is little to no collateral damage to native species.

Are you referring to 2-legged or 4-legged ones?


I was mostly thinking of no-legged ones, due to false identification.
 
2013-01-06 04:47:11 PM
FTA : "Going out into the bush in Florida is a potentially dangerous thing to do," said Stuart Pimm, a prominent Everglades scientist who is professor of conservation ecology at Duke University. "This is very, very rough terrain. Getting stuck out there without enough water could be a life-terminating experience."

Yeah yeah. Put a sock in it, Poindexter.

Lock and load, boys!
 
2013-01-06 04:52:19 PM

jso2897: flak attack: Good. This needed to happen. The python population in Florida has exploded lately.

It's a good idea - but 400 people seems like an awful lot, especially with no training or qualification required - not even a hunting license. That's an awful lot of amateurs to be roaming around the 'glades, blazing away at whatever they take to be a python.


Even if every one of the hunters brought back 100 pythons, they still wouldn't eliminate them from the glades. If you're going to eliminate the python you're going to have to do a lot more than this.
 
2013-01-06 04:53:19 PM
FTFA--Participants do not need hunting licenses, unless they're under 18, or have prior experience with snakes.

Good Lord. What a poorly wriiten POS excuse for journalism.
 
2013-01-06 04:53:52 PM
Sure something could go wrong: the hunters might not accidentally shoot each other.
 
2013-01-06 04:54:59 PM

Massa Damnata: give them all fully automatic 'hunting' weapons


I don't even know what you're trying to get at with this statement.
 
2013-01-06 04:57:26 PM

jso2897: flak attack: Good. This needed to happen. The python population in Florida has exploded lately.

It's a good idea - but 400 people seems like an awful lot, especially with no training or qualification required - not even a hunting license. That's an awful lot of amateurs to be roaming around the 'glades, blazing away at whatever they take to be a python.


See snake, shoot snake.

I'm not sure what other training or qualifications there needs to be. Except maybe a run down on hunter safety. But that's good to review for any new hunter.
 
2013-01-06 04:59:06 PM

Frank N Stein: Massa Damnata: give them all fully automatic 'hunting' weapons

I don't even know what you're trying to get at with this statement.


He's saying that we need to send armed teachers out there.
 
2013-01-06 04:59:08 PM
My Python boot is too tight, couldn't get it off last night, a week went by and now it's July I got stinkfoot.
 
2013-01-06 05:00:21 PM
well since this is Florida i am calling it now there will be at least 20 "Hold by beer and watch this" incidents during this event.
 
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