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Post by JEBar » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:43 am

delighted to see the authorities are taking this problem seriously


"The roar of shotguns will sound in Everglades National Park, as the war intensifies against the Burmese pythons that have devastated the park’s wildlife.

The park announced Thursday that for the first time it will allow state-contracted python hunters to pursue the giant snakes within its boundaries. And for the first time, it will allow the use of firearms — shotguns only — to kill them.

Although the park already uses more than two dozen of its own volunteers to catch pythons, the new initiative will triple the maximum number of snake hunters from 40 to 120."


source ===> https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/flori ... story.html
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Re: Python Hunting

Post by BrokenolMarine » Fri Jul 12, 2019 10:53 am

Bout time. It's sad when exotics introduced into the ecosystem by mistake disrupt the natural flow of things, sadder still when those in the "know" intentionally introduce an outside player thinking it will correct an issue, but it only creates unexpected new problems. Scientists in Hawaii introduced Mongoose to the island to combat the growing cane rat problems. No effect. But they thrived in the environment, and loved the native birds, nearly wiping out the ground nesting state bird.
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Re: Python Hunting

Post by Mistered » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:32 pm

delighted to see the authorities are taking this problem seriously
I agree but it might be far too little to late.
They have known about this problem for a long time - as it was attributed to the escape of these snakes after a pet shop was destroyed during a hurricane in 1994.
Tripling the number of hunters from 40 to 120 ? Everglades Ntl. Park is a large area and they would need a 100 times this many to possibly have an effect.
Unfortunately the environment is a perfect match for them and provides excellent cover and concealment.
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Re: Python Hunting

Post by BigAl52 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:42 pm

There after the iguana's to. Just read a recent article on that and they want people to destroy everyone they see. Lizard removal with the SGC 22mag would be fun.
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Re: Python Hunting

Post by Mistered » Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:13 pm

There after the iguana's to.
Those are probably good eating also!
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Re: Python Hunting

Post by ESquared » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:00 pm

I saw the story on iguanas on the national news. Seems they're taking over Florida. Iguana exterminators are making a good living in the suburbs!
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Re: Python Hunting

Post by RetiredSeabee » Fri Jul 12, 2019 8:26 pm

I can’t believe that they only had 40 hunters authorized and only allowed to capture. Tripling that and allowing them to kill is an improvement but short by a long shot. Put a bounty on their skins and open it up to at least 250 hunters who can show that they have the gear and skills to hunt in that swamp without destroying it.
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Re: Python Hunting

Post by Henry88 » Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:03 pm

Florida is reverting to the Jurassic Age............
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Re: Python Hunting

Post by Ojaileveraction » Sat Jul 13, 2019 9:49 am

Taste like chicken!
Mistered wrote:
Fri Jul 12, 2019 1:13 pm
There after the iguana's to.
Those are probably good eating also!
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Re: Python Hunting

Post by Mistered » Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:08 am

Taste like chicken!
I am hoping they taste like rattlesnake, or frogs legs.
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