The dangerous business of capturing a snake that crushes and swallows its prey whole will be left to professionals — perhaps 20 trappers at first who could be cleared to begin taking out pythons within a week.
”This is not the wild, wild West. These people will be licensed, trained and managed by us,” said Barreto, who . . . ran the bounty idea by U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar during a tour of the Everglades. Salazar, whose department oversees national parks, agreed it was worth looking into, but parks service managers have been unreceptive, said Dan McLaughlin, spokesman for [Senator Bill] Nelson, a Melbourne Democrat.
‘Bounty hunting conjures up an image of `Come one, come all’ and go out and start shooting around like Dick Cheney for $50 a head,” McLaughlin said.
Oh shoot! (pun intended.)
Federal control with licenses and training and stuff?? Can’t we just open it up for free market sport, this constitutional freedom to pursue happiness by killing, chase em and shoot em out of a black helicopter? Maybe with special states’ rights back to school events each fall, to get the kiddies killing along with mom and dad, sort of family values vanquishing of the wild, if you will . . .bringing the severed heads in for kindergarten show and tell and a nice prize from your sportswear sponsors?
Palin worked to expand Alaska’s aerial wolf killing program, which lets private citizens with licenses fly in private planes and shoot wolves from the air or chase them to exhaustion before landing and shooting them point blank. In March 2007, she launched a new program to pay 180 volunteer pilots and gunners $150 for each severed left foreleg of a wolf they turned in to the state Fish and Game Department.
Palin has been an unabashed proponent of killing wolves and other predators in Alaska on the grounds that they cut back on humans’ ability to hunt moose and caribou for themselves.