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Everglades a Bit Safer for Native Wildlife

By February 19, 2013

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Native birds and other wildlife in the Florida is a bit safer, thanks to the success of the state's first python hunt. According to Fox News, a total of 68 snakes were killed, the longest of which measured more than 14 feet long. While there are still believed to be thousands of the non-native snakes in Florida, the removal of even a few can be beneficial. Scientists plan to study the dead snakes and may find further clues for how to remove them and help restore the native ecosystem. The awareness the hunt has raised can also help encourage greater conservation efforts throughout the state.

Burmese pythons are invasive predators in Florida. Despite only having been introduced to the region in the past few decades, they have established a stronghold due to the lack of any other predators to control their numbers. The snakes prey on adult birds, chicks and eggs, as well as other native Florida wildlife.

Do you agree with this type of legal hunt to help control these invasive snakes or other non-native animals? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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