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Over 1,500 hunters help capture 50 pythons in FL
Associated Press via Miami Herald ^ | February 5, 2013

Posted on 02/10/2013 1:50:26 PM PST by PJ-Comix

MIAMI -- More than 1,500 participants of a monthlong python challenge have helped to capture 50 Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission updated the counts Tuesday for the "Python Challenge." The competition began Jan. 12 and ends Feb. 10.

The invasive snakes killed in the Everglades are processed and logged by University of Florida researchers who examine each one hoping to learn more about the elusive species.

No one knows for sure how many pythons live in South Florida. Wildlife officials say eradicating pythons from the Everglades was never the goal of the challenge. Instead, they hoped to raise awareness about the snake's threat to native wildlife and the fragile Everglades ecosystem. The snake faces both state and federal bans.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; pythons
LOL! Only one Python captured per 30 hunters.
1 posted on 02/10/2013 1:50:33 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Yeah, but the local sales rep for Jack Daniels probably did very well.

Serious question: Do Pythons make good eats?


2 posted on 02/10/2013 1:53:51 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: PJ-Comix

Yeah, that worked well.


3 posted on 02/10/2013 1:54:22 PM PST by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: BenLurkin

“Serious question: Do Pythons make good eats?”

Well they make good boots.


4 posted on 02/10/2013 1:59:19 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: PJ-Comix

They should feed 500 neutered stray cats python and then release them in the Everglades. Cats are ferocious hunters and will create havoc in python nests. Better than euthanizing unwanted cats.


5 posted on 02/10/2013 2:00:14 PM PST by allendale
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To: Georgia Girl 2; PJ-Comix

These people need to get to Cali PRONTO. Seems like they gots a snake on the loose.


6 posted on 02/10/2013 2:01:39 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: PJ-Comix

More than 1,500 participants of a monthlong python challenge have helped to capture 50 Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades.

1400 Hunters missing.


7 posted on 02/10/2013 2:05:09 PM PST by Joan Kerrey
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To: PJ-Comix

Wow, I misread that and thought it was a 50 foot python!


8 posted on 02/10/2013 2:09:42 PM PST by Boiling point (Socialism; Ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Wow, I misread that and thought it was a 50 foot python!


9 posted on 02/10/2013 2:09:54 PM PST by Boiling point (Socialism; Ideas so good they have to be mandatory.)
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To: PJ-Comix

I’m not a hunter. I know very little about it ... that being said, how does one truly “hunt” a python? You can’t set a trap, can you? I imagine you just sort of wander around and hope you find one.


10 posted on 02/10/2013 2:21:54 PM PST by momtothree
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To: PJ-Comix
I kid you not, they are now training dogs up at Auburn University to sniff out the pythons.

They do a lot better at it than the human hunters.

Two dogs caught 19 snakes.

EcoDogs Sniff Out Pythons in the Everglades

There's a film -- two hyperactive black Labs that look pretty much like my hyperactive black field trial Lab, a/k/a "Psycho Ruby".

11 posted on 02/10/2013 2:24:15 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: PJ-Comix
Or they could just release this...

It only infects pythons and constrictors, none of which are native to the area..

12 posted on 02/10/2013 2:26:04 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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13 posted on 02/10/2013 2:38:16 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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To: PJ-Comix
We have the hip-hop crowd to thank for this. Seems if you're a thug, wannabe thug or admirer of thugs, you need a fighting dog and a black-market constricting or venomous snake to maintain your street-cred. Eventually, you come to realize that owning these creatures is a huge pain in the ass so you release them into the 'Glades where a lack of natural predators allows them to thrive and multiply.

Now we've got to hunt them down. Just as well. I could use a new pair of boots.

14 posted on 02/10/2013 2:39:32 PM PST by Drew68
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To: Drew68

“We have the hip-hop crowd to thank for this. Seems if you’re a thug, wannabe thug or admirer of thugs, you need a fighting dog and a black-market constricting or venomous snake to maintain your street-cred”

Really?


15 posted on 02/10/2013 2:46:07 PM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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To: BenLurkin
Do Pythons make good eats?

Can't speak about pythons but boa tastes good.

16 posted on 02/10/2013 2:52:58 PM PST by ASA Vet (Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
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To: PJ-Comix

They said on the news that there are probably about 15,000 of them. Though you have to wonder how they come up with that number.


17 posted on 02/10/2013 2:57:19 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: PJ-Comix
They tend to be immobile for long periods and almost impossible to see in the tall grass. They also can lay up to 40-50 eggs at a time so eradicating them by hunting is a nonanswer. They are a real ecological snafu. Maybe we can breed wild boars to take a liking for snake meat. Nothing less will stand a chance against them.
18 posted on 02/10/2013 3:00:23 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: BenLurkin
No. I heard a wildlife guy talk about that. Unfortunately their meat stinks to high heaven. Even a taxidermist can hardly stand to work on them.
19 posted on 02/10/2013 3:04:17 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Salamander
Really?

You think these snakes just magically teleported themselves over here?

20 posted on 02/10/2013 3:04:23 PM PST by Drew68
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To: allendale
You're kidding, these snakes would eat cats like M&Ms. You do know they get to be 30 feet long right?
21 posted on 02/10/2013 3:06:42 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: PJ-Comix

The trick here will be to find something the snakes eat that alligators do not. As has been done on Guam against brown snakes, acetaminophen (generic Tylenol), is deadly to reptiles (and many other animals), so they stuff dead mice with them and it kills the snakes.

However, lots of animals will eat dead mice.


22 posted on 02/10/2013 3:08:32 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: hinckley buzzard
I take it back, they don't get to be 30 feet at least not here. The Florida record is 17 feet plus. It had 80+ eggs in it, about the size of duck eggs. Delightful creature.
23 posted on 02/10/2013 3:13:44 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Drew68

Wow.

I’ve always wondered how thugs and scumbags wound up with killer dogs and snakes.


24 posted on 02/10/2013 3:14:54 PM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Shhhhhh!


25 posted on 02/10/2013 3:15:55 PM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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To: hinckley buzzard

A 5 foot juvenile could eat a cat with no problems.


26 posted on 02/10/2013 3:17:42 PM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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To: PJ-Comix
The competition began Jan. 12 and ends Feb. 10.

So why the early end to the competition? One would think they would extend it to at least May and maybe even declare an open season on the damn things and offer a bounty on them..........

But then again I don't work for the government...........

27 posted on 02/10/2013 3:18:03 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: hinckley buzzard

You need a canoe, a bill cap, sun screen, a .22 rifle and a couple of pet crows. Oh, and a catch stick like animal control guys use. The crows are to spot the snakes.


28 posted on 02/10/2013 3:22:43 PM PST by Rifleman
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To: PJ-Comix

What they need is a severe freeze.


29 posted on 02/10/2013 3:26:05 PM PST by fso301
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To: Salamander
i see what you did there...
30 posted on 02/10/2013 3:35:26 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

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31 posted on 02/10/2013 3:37:36 PM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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To: Hot Tabasco
Wildlife officials say eradicating pythons from the Everglades was never the goal of the challenge. Instead, they hoped to raise awareness about the snake's threat to native wildlife and the fragile Everglades ecosystem.

The govt goal is never solving the problem but raising awareness of the problem........................
32 posted on 02/10/2013 3:42:02 PM PST by PeterPrinciple ( Lord save me from some conservatives, they don't understand human nature any better than liberals.)
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To: AnAmericanMother

Very Cool !


33 posted on 02/10/2013 4:01:45 PM PST by onona (KCCO, and mind the gap)
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To: PJ-Comix

where the snakes live, people can’t penetrate. the vegetationis just too thick


34 posted on 02/10/2013 4:10:22 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: PJ-Comix

I have a genuine python wallet and purse. On our Alaskan cruise last summer we dined one evening with a husband and wife and seventeen year old son from Florida. When the young man spotted my wallet he thanked me for helping to save the wildlife of the Everglades from non-native pythons. The subject of his high school term paper was how non-native species endangered the eco-systems of Florida. Snake skin is very durable. After almost a year of use neither the purse or wallet show any wear.


35 posted on 02/10/2013 4:20:08 PM PST by Irish Queen ("Don't fence me in")
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To: PJ-Comix

***50 Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades.***

Only fifty? Maybe they should play the music to attract snakes from THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095488/?ref_=sr_1


36 posted on 02/10/2013 4:44:17 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Click my name! See new paintings!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

The cats would of course probably lose one on one with a mature python, but they would play havoc with the python’s nests, eggs and very young. Just a thought.


37 posted on 02/10/2013 4:58:28 PM PST by allendale
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To: VeniVidiVici

“Though you have to wonder how they come up with that number.”

I imagine that they use some of the same capture-recapture statistical methods fisheries biologists use to estimate the number of fish in a body of water. Tagging a sample is probably a first step. (My guess would be “tagging” with an RFID insert.)


38 posted on 02/10/2013 5:07:31 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: PeterPrinciple
"Wildlife officials say eradicating pythons from the Everglades was never the goal of the challenge. Instead, they hoped to raise awareness about the snake's threat to native wildlife and the fragile Everglades ecosystem.

The govt goal is never solving the problem but raising awareness of the problem........................ "

What color ribbon does Everglades Ecosystem Awareness get?

Camo?

39 posted on 02/10/2013 5:10:43 PM PST by knife6375 (US Navy Veteran)
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To: PJ-Comix
So...did they have a Cook - Off afterwords?
40 posted on 02/10/2013 6:39:20 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Actually, I could easily lay out a plan to get ‘em all; but as specified, eradication is not the gov’t answer.

Open license to hunt ‘em, and put a bounty of $2/ft on each carcass.

‘Problem’....solved.


41 posted on 02/10/2013 6:44:05 PM PST by i_robot73
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To: BenLurkin

It doesn’t count unless they eat ‘em.


42 posted on 02/10/2013 6:59:52 PM PST by Thud
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To: PJ-Comix

Me thinks those boyz kept 5 for the skins for every 1 they turned in. $$$


43 posted on 02/11/2013 2:23:47 AM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites. is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: null and void
It only infects pythons and constrictors

Until the ebola-like virus mutates. No thanks.

44 posted on 02/11/2013 5:55:10 AM PST by NautiNurse (BOHICA)
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To: PJ-Comix

pathetic!!!


45 posted on 02/11/2013 5:58:10 AM PST by dennisw (too much of a good thing is a bad thing --- Joe Pine)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
acetaminophen (generic Tylenol)

Maybe it kills them because it lowers their body temp a little. Are alligators quite as fussy concerning cooling as these snakes are, I wonder, as alligators have survived many a colder snap in Florida throughout the ages? Other reptiles live in colder places and survive. I am not at all sure that Tylenol kills them because it lowers their temp, just a thought.

46 posted on 02/11/2013 7:39:54 PM PST by Bellflower (The LORD is Holy, separated from all sin, perfect, righteous, high and lifted up.)
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To: Bellflower

Acetaminophen is actually a very dangerous drug and kills lots of people every year. It readily destroys the liver, so much so that its antidote needs to be given within 8 hours of an overdose, and the victim might still need a liver transplant.

Oddly enough, humans are one of the few animals that can take *some* Acetaminophen without being harmed by it.

For cats, however, it is pure poison:

https://www.addl.purdue.edu/newsletters/1998/spring/acet.shtml


47 posted on 02/12/2013 6:34:16 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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