Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Go Green and Hunt Pythons

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The Miami Herald is reporting that the South Florida Water Management District is adding a new job title for their HR department: Python Hunter. 

I have posted several times (here, here, here, here, here, and here) about the vexing problems of pythons in Florida that are playing havoc with the environment of the Everglades. The snakes have taken to the Sunshine State like Donald Trump backstage at a beauty contest. However, the invasive species is not welcome in the state.

Unfortunately, most efforts to rid the Everglades of the pythons have met with little success. Because they are so effective at taking over habitat, they have squeezed out native animals, thereby disrupting the balance of the natural system.

The state has had public hunts for the snakes before. However, these temporary events have bagged only a relatively small number of the serpents. Land managers hope that a more concentrated hunt over time by professional hunters will be more effective.

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