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2013-02-18 12:11:32 PM
Released the big one?  WTF?
 
2013-02-18 12:11:37 PM
1600 hunters and only 68 snakes caught?

What is wrong with these people?
 
2013-02-18 12:12:44 PM

durbnpoisn: 1600 hunters and only 68 snakes caught?

What is wrong with these people?



You saw the tag, didn't you?
 
2013-02-18 12:13:06 PM
That's a slap in the face.
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2013-02-18 12:14:41 PM
"Officials say the mix-up may have occurred because the winners' snake was tagged and released..."

 I thought...the whole freaking point...was the kill the snakes?
 
2013-02-18 12:14:43 PM
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2013-02-18 12:18:25 PM
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2013-02-18 12:20:20 PM
I am sick and tired of these motherfarking snakes on this motherfarking Main
 
2013-02-18 12:27:43 PM

Nina9: "Officials say the mix-up may have occurred because the winners' snake was tagged and released..."

 I thought...the whole freaking point...was the kill the snakes?


I think the point is to turn an an unsolvable problem into a tourist attraction.  Scientific research is just window dressing.

We probably won't see any estimates of how much money those 1600 hunters and their entourages contributed to the local economy.  But we'll see such estimates in the future.
 
2013-02-18 12:34:17 PM
The error was that subby's mom was actually the one that managed to get ahold of the longest snake.
 
2013-02-18 12:42:52 PM
Officials say the mix-up may have occurred because the winners' snake was tagged and released, while its shorter colleague was euthanized. But the real winner may have been the invasive pythons:

What does that even mean? Or am I just stupid?
 
2013-02-18 12:47:16 PM
Those are some pretty shiatty hunters.  1600 hunters, 68 snakes?

Let's have History Channel do a series and they will clear them out in no time
 
2013-02-18 12:50:34 PM
JohnCarter:Let's have History Channel do a series and they will clear them out in no time

Florida Snake Wars Stars
 
2013-02-18 12:54:33 PM

WelldeadLink: JohnCarter:Let's have History Channel do a series and they will clear them out in no time

Florida Snake Wars Stars


Here Comes Honey Hiss Hiss
 
2013-02-18 12:56:19 PM

abhorrent1: What does that even mean? Or am I just stupid?


Did you stop reading there? Because the very next sentence explains it.

There are tens of thousands of pythons in Florida. And somehow the 1,600 registered python hunters only managed to catch 68 of them. So if you're keeping score, it'sPythons: 10,000+; Hunters: 68.

Sounds like the pythons are the winners to me.
 
2013-02-18 01:00:45 PM

JohnCarter: Those are some pretty shiatty hunters.  1600 hunters, 68 snakes?


Not necessarily.  They are probably just largely unfamiliar with the species.

If you were to take 1,600 random people from NYC, put them in the Adirondacks, and said "Go hunt some deer", how many do you think they would get? Probably about that same percentage (about 4.25% success rate).  The same thing is going on here:  Burmese Pythons aren't a game species the hunters are familiar with, so the knowledge base required for relative success just isn't there yet.
 
2013-02-18 01:04:00 PM

lectos: WelldeadLink: JohnCarter:Let's have History Channel do a series and they will clear them out in no time

Florida Snake Wars Stars

Here Comes Honey Hiss Hiss


Yeesh.... that'd cause a reptile dysfunction
 
2013-02-18 01:05:52 PM
You measure from the top of the tip to where it meets the groin ... not from taint to tip.
 
2013-02-18 01:07:04 PM

dittybopper: JohnCarter: Those are some pretty shiatty hunters.  1600 hunters, 68 snakes?

Not necessarily.  They are probably just largely unfamiliar with the species.

If you were to take 1,600 random people from NYC, put them in the Adirondacks, and said "Go hunt some deer", how many do you think they would get? Probably about that same percentage (about 4.25% success rate).  The same thing is going on here:  Burmese Pythons aren't a game species the hunters are familiar with, so the knowledge base required for relative success just isn't there yet.


This.  Indian hunters have no problem collecting pythons for the hide trade.  Python hunting is banned in parts of India to protect the species.
 
2013-02-18 01:20:38 PM
They got the same rate hunting pythons as when they're hunting beaver.
 
2013-02-18 01:26:25 PM
I'd just like to reiterate what some people have already said... tagged and released?  WTF?

Okay, okay, maybe they are using it for statistical reasons.  I suppose, if they sampled it's DNA, and see if they catch it again, and compare random samples of future snakes DNA in the future they might be able to build a model of just how bad the snake problem is.  Maybe.  That would seem to be a strategy better suited for long term management rather than an outright attempt to erradicate them though.  We've had several other top of the food chain predators that we've nearly wiped out with hunting though.  We nearly destroyed the gators, the wolves, the panther, surely we can wipe out giant snakes.

And don't let the really big ones go!  In crab fisheries, the minimum size for taking has excerted a downward pressure on the genetic ideal size in the remaining population.  If we kill the really big pythons ruthlessly, maybe we could at least put some pressure on their size and breed a smaller wild population.
 
2013-02-18 01:26:37 PM

BarkingUnicorn: dittybopper: JohnCarter: Those are some pretty shiatty hunters.  1600 hunters, 68 snakes?

Not necessarily.  They are probably just largely unfamiliar with the species.

If you were to take 1,600 random people from NYC, put them in the Adirondacks, and said "Go hunt some deer", how many do you think they would get? Probably about that same percentage (about 4.25% success rate).  The same thing is going on here:  Burmese Pythons aren't a game species the hunters are familiar with, so the knowledge base required for relative success just isn't there yet.

This.  Indian hunters have no problem collecting pythons for the hide trade.  Python hunting is banned in parts of India to protect the species.


This is a job I have no problem with outsourcing to Indians.
 
2013-02-18 01:27:32 PM

rickythepenguin: durbnpoisn: 1600 hunters and only 68 snakes caught?

What is wrong with these people?


You saw the tag, didn't you?


Also says the winner was tagged and released.  So they are sponsoring a hunt to reduce the population and they are using catch and release?  You'redoingitwrong.jpg
 
2013-02-18 01:29:15 PM

BarkingUnicorn: dittybopper: JohnCarter: Those are some pretty shiatty hunters.  1600 hunters, 68 snakes?

Not necessarily.  They are probably just largely unfamiliar with the species.

If you were to take 1,600 random people from NYC, put them in the Adirondacks, and said "Go hunt some deer", how many do you think they would get? Probably about that same percentage (about 4.25% success rate).  The same thing is going on here:  Burmese Pythons aren't a game species the hunters are familiar with, so the knowledge base required for relative success just isn't there yet.

This.  Indian hunters have no problem collecting pythons for the hide trade.  Python hunting is banned in parts of India to protect the species.


What, now we have to contract out for python hunters as well as IT and call centers???
 
2013-02-18 01:30:39 PM

boloabs: They got the same rate hunting pythons as when they're hunting beaver.


and unfortunately, easily caught pythons have the same issue as easily caught beavers.  they are usually diseased.
 
2013-02-18 01:33:39 PM
How do you tag a snake? Genuinely curious and too lazy to Google.
 
2013-02-18 01:41:17 PM
why would you tag and release an invasive species?
 
2013-02-18 01:42:10 PM

Bedstead Polisher: How do you tag a snake? Genuinely curious and too lazy to Google.


well if you are a female, you let it crawl up in.

if your a guy you hope it doesn't have sharp teeth :)
 
2013-02-18 01:48:55 PM

potterydove: why would you tag and release an invasive species?


They didn't just tag it, they put a tracking device on it.  A smart move because they can see where a mature python in the Everglades likes to hang out., and they can always just go out and get it when they are done.
 
2013-02-18 01:58:07 PM
They better put Lojack on the tagged one too. It is Florida.
 
2013-02-18 02:05:47 PM
His name wasn't "Mike" was it?

/leaving satisfied
 
2013-02-18 02:07:30 PM
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2013-02-18 02:17:28 PM

dittybopper: potterydove: why would you tag and release an invasive species?

They didn't just tag it, they put a tracking device on it.  A smart move because they can see where a mature python in the Everglades likes to hang out., and they can always just go out and get it when they are done.


Thank you. Took long enough for someone to respond with this. I thought I was going to have to do it. Kind of boggling how many people were too stupid to think of this. But then again this is Fark.
 
2013-02-18 02:56:36 PM
Tagging means putting a tracking device on it.  Why do that, though?  If it's that large it is old enough to reproduce.  You're better off killing it.
 
2013-02-18 03:12:21 PM

potterydove: Tagging means putting a tracking device on it.  Why do that, though?  If it's that large it is old enough to reproduce.  You're better off killing it.


I will refer you to a quote from the movie Colors:

There's two bulls standing on top of a mountain. The younger one says to the older one: "Hey Pop, let's say we run down there and fark one of them cows". The older one says: "No son. Lets walk down and fark 'em all".

Often, it's to your advantage to take your time and do things smartly, instead of quickly.
 
2013-02-18 03:40:16 PM
Oh good, I can post this picture which has no meaning to me but some Farker said it was a Homer ninja episode or something.

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2013-02-18 03:51:24 PM

potterydove: Tagging means putting a tracking device on it.


"Tagging" means putting an identification tag on it. You can only learn where it was caught.  A tracking device tells you where it goes while free.
 
2013-02-19 12:57:02 AM

BarkingUnicorn: potterydove: Tagging means putting a tracking device on it.

"Tagging" means putting an identification tag on it. You can only learn where it was caught.  A tracking device tells you where it goes while free.


"Tagging" means the python is "it."
 
2013-02-19 07:04:01 AM

usernameguy: BarkingUnicorn: potterydove: Tagging means putting a tracking device on it.

"Tagging" means putting an identification tag on it. You can only learn where it was caught.  A tracking device tells you where it goes while free.

"Tagging" means the python is "it."


Actually, "Tagging" means they spray painted it with gang symbols.  It will be shot by rival gang members within a week.
 
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