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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 14
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2013-01-06 05:43:33 PM  
3 votes:

Thunderbox: By all means, keep destroying the balance of nature, until there's no nature left.


The snakes are destroying the balance of nature, because they are an invasive species. This is an attempt to correct the problem. Look at the reasons behind an action before making stupid tree-hugger comments.
2013-01-06 05:42:58 PM  
3 votes:

TaxiDriver: "Mazzotti said the idea came from the office of Gov. Rick Scott, who he said wanted a "market-force" approach to the python problem.:

That explains it.


That was my initial thoughts too. But then I started thinking, how much land management taxed dollars would have to be diverted to hire 400 (or more) trained hunters to go out and kill snakes and collect the same information (location, time, date, water depth, etc...)?

Also, the article stated that hunters were coming in from 17 different states. I suspect that they will rent campsites or hotel rooms, purchase meals, purchase ammo, rent boats and possibly hire guides. At the end of the day they may even purchase a beer or two.

It turns an expense into revenue generation for the state, and all the information gathered will be used to give resource officers a snap shot on the python snake population. All for the low price of two bountys totaling $2500.

Not to shabby!
/Gov. Scott, you and your "market-force" approach win this round, but don't get me started on private prisons!
2013-01-06 04:17:04 PM  
3 votes:

"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 04:13:13 PM  
2 votes:
It's almost like Florida news is written exclusively by Carl Hiassen
2013-01-07 02:46:44 AM  
1 votes:

Thunderbox: By all means, keep destroying the balance of nature, until there's no nature left.


Um ... you do know that Burmese pythons are an invasive species and they are the ones destroying the balance of nature in the Everglades, right? Right?

I love snakes. I've got eight as pets. I used to own a Burm, and wouldn't mind another one, once I've got a place where I can keep a pet that gets bigger than I am. But they have their place, and that place isn't on the loose in the 'Glades.

One of my snakes is an Everglades rat snake. Captive-bred, actually a cull from a breeding program trying to breed back to something that looks like the pure wild type, which has been almost entirely lost to intergrades with the yellow rat snake due to the Everglades being drained. His wild relatives are, or were, the top snake in the Everglades. Their ecological niche has been taken over by the Burmese pythons. Burms lay more eggs, their young hatch larger, and they grow faster (MUCH faster) than the rat snakes, either rossalleni or quatrivittata (and no, I'm not going to take sides in the species/subspecies/morph argument here).

The pythons are out-competing the native snakes. It's because I'm a snake lover that I support the efforts to wipe out the Burmese python in the Everglades.

Owning -- or, more importantly, feeding -- snakes tends to militate against sentimentality. Dog and cat owners can open a can or scoop out some kibble and never have to think about that pet food coming from a real animal. It's not that easy if feeding your pets involves whole rats and mice, even frozen ones. Depending on your point of view, it's cold-bloodedness or realism, but either way, you lose the sentimental attitude fast or you get a different pet.

A big part of the problem is that Burms breed like very, very fecund rabbits, and because they get big, they're appealing to the same kind of people who want "mean" dogs, and for some of the same reasons. That whole subculture of folks sells snakes at flea markets and whatnot, generally to other people like themselves, and when they get bored, they dump their snakes in "the swamp". I feel kind of funny making some of the same arguments people opposing gun control use in reference to live animals, but the fact is, laws against owning or selling large snakes won't bother this crowd; they'll only affect the people who aren't the source of the problem.

Humans are very, very good at wiping out any species we find useful in some way. We need to point that talent in a good direction -- namely, at invasive species. Burmese python skins make beautiful leather. Lionfish are tasty. Hell, I bet you could do something useful with zebra mussels ... maybe they'd be good as bait or something? And there's gotta be something to do with all this kudzu (yes, I'm pretty sure if you stand still too long it will grow over you).

Save an ecosystem -- eat an invasive species.
2013-01-06 11:00:54 PM  
1 votes:

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

Don't be a dumbass. Everyone knows you hunt pythons with hand grenades.


No no no. Pythons hunt rabbits with hand grenades.
2013-01-06 06:31:34 PM  
1 votes:

Thunderbox: By all means, keep destroying the balance of nature, until there's no nature left.


Stupid comment.
1) Burmese pythons are not native to the Everglades
2) Burmese pythons are currently destroying the eco-system; one example is that the white tail deer population is
down 90%(!!!!) due to the pythons eating them. Many other species are experiencing similar declines.
3) Burmese pythons have no natural predators in the Everglades so bring on the harvesting
4) Next time RTFA, ya ignorant tree-hugger.
2013-01-06 04:53:52 PM  
1 votes:
Sure something could go wrong: the hunters might not accidentally shoot each other.
2013-01-06 04:53:19 PM  
1 votes:
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 04:22:46 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:12:58 PM  
1 votes:

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 04:08:57 PM  
1 votes:
It will be funny when the pythons are gone and the wild pigs take over.
2013-01-06 04:06:27 PM  
1 votes:
pjmedia.com

/ I really don't like snakes...
2013-01-06 02:56:15 PM  
1 votes:
Don't restrict them . . .
 
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