Florida Wants to Start Hunting Pythons

15 07 2009
Python swallows pregnant sheep, National Geographic

Python swallows pregnant sheep, National Geographic

Here’s why.

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.

Sarah Palin with bear rug on couch

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9 responses

15 07 2009
Crimson Wife

There are pythons in the Everglades????? (Mentally adding another reason to my list of “why I have no desire to visit a huge-ass Florida swamp”)

15 07 2009
Melody Owens

There is a HUGE difference between what Ms. Palin does to the wolves and what the FWC has planned for the snakes.

What Ms. Palin does is an atrocity. She’s upset because the wolves interfere with her hunting, boo-hoo!. The wolves are natural pedators of Alaska.

The pythons of South Florida are NOT native to this COUNTRY. They have become so numerous that they are destroying the ecological balance in the Everglades…everything from fish, to mammals, to the botanic balance.

The snakes were introduced to the Glades by people setting loose their pet pythons that got too big as well as a couple of hurricanes that destroyed stores that sold them.

Again, the pythons do not belong in the wilds of the Glades (or the U.S.), they are not native.

Wolves, on the other hand, have every right to live and hunt in North America without man over powering them with helicopters, guns and poison. If they are a problem, they should be humanely trapped and relocated like they do with troublesome bears, cougars, etc.

15 07 2009
JJ

CW, I’m not goin’ either! I didn’t even like the harmless baby snake in my kitchen, remember? 😉

But seriously, they estimate over 100,000 of these Burmese pythons in the ‘Glades now, what with breeding and plenty to eat. They started as “pets” released (dumped) in the wild as soon as they become too big to BE pets, extremely nasty, truly illegal immigrants we need to get rid of.

15 07 2009
JJ

I agree, Melody. I meant for that to be clear, sorry if it wasn’t. Guess I don’t get the Modest Proposal Prize again this year . . .

15 07 2009
JJ

Here’s the Tallahassee Democrat’s story on it for tomorrow:

Charlie Crist, a law-and-order attorney general before he moved into the Governor’s Mansion, wants to clean up the town once again.

Now a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Crist has set his sights on the Burmese python.

On Tuesday, Crist ordered Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairman Rodney Berreto to form a posse of volunteer herpetologists, issue permits, and order them to round up the snakes in the River of Grass, South of Lake Okeechobee.

Their orders: study them, then “euthanize” them.

Crist is following the lead of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat from Orlando, who has been pushing for a python prohibition, claiming the intruder threatens native species. Congressman Tom Rooney, a Republican from South Florida, is also on the bandwagon.

No word on whether the snake wranglers will be issued tin stars.

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21 09 2011
Nance Confer

Aren’t we all getting our own guns when we go to the park now, JJ?

21 09 2011
JJ

To shoot the pythons of course!

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