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Florida Plans Python Hunt

By December 11, 2012

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Invasive Burmese pythons are a grave threat to Florida's birds and other wildlife, and the state is planning a new python hunt in an effort to reduce the snakes' population. According to Fox News, the 2013 Python Challenge will kick off in January, with competitors seeking to capture the longest snake as well as the most number of snakes. Wildlife officials plan to use the opportunity to study the pythons' regional effects and raise awareness of its impact.

Burmese pythons are native to Asia but are popular pets worldwide. Unfortunately, these snakes can grow to unmanageable proportions for most pet owners, and the invasive population in Florida has evolved largely from abandoned pets as well as pet shops and breeding facilities damaged by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, when escaped snakes were never recovered.

Do you agree with the planned python hunt? Do you think this tactic should be taken toward other feral or invasive species? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Burmese Python
Photo Susan Jewell / USFWS

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December 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm
(1) Dale K says:

There is a lot of controversy here in SE Michigan over the Mute Swan. Many “animal lovers” are up in arms about the birds being destroyed and are spreading misinformation about the reasons behind the necessary actions of the Michigan DNR. I think a happy medium could be reached with both sides if non-cruel methods such as egg stealing are used in place of the killing of adult birds.

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