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#211324 - 01/31/12 08:32 PM Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research
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Burmese pythons have eaten so many small mammals in Everglades National Park that populations of rabbits and foxes have disappeared and numbers of raccoons, opossums and bobcats have dropped as much as 99%, according to a report released Tuesday by researchers at Virginia Tech University, Davidson College and the U.S. Geological Survey.

“Pythons are wreaking havoc on one of America’s most beautiful, treasured, and naturally bountiful ecosystems,” said U.S. Geological Survey Director Marci McNutt in a statement.

The massive nonnative snakes have become an established species in the park in the past 11 years, after snakes that were once pets were released into the wild, according to the researchers. Park spokeswoman Linda Friar said earlier this month that there are tens of thousands of the snakes in the park.

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Seems a most efficient way to begin ridding the swamp of the critters would be to put a bounty on each head brought in, regardless of size. Those folks that would also want to mess with marketing the meat from the larger fellows would be free to do so. I'm thinking 100 dollars ahead.

Of course, once the easy pickings are gone, higher prices would be offered to compensate for the need to go deeper into the swamp to get to the remnant. I played in the some Florida swamps as a kid and coulda used the money. Just a thought. coffee
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#211326 - 01/31/12 08:43 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
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From snakes, to fish, to grasses, to trees, to insects - when man starts introducing non-native species into areas, the entire local ecosystem gets messed-up.

Higher-thinkers of the animal kingdom? Laughable.
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#211330 - 01/31/12 10:55 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
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Making them "open season" prey - with perhaps a bounty - would elminate the "problem" in short order, IMO ! >Mech

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#211333 - 02/01/12 12:32 AM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
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People care about vermin? Seems the snakes are doing a good deed.
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#211344 - 02/01/12 09:41 AM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
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isn't that already a reality tv show = Burmese Snake Hunters of the Everglades

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#211353 - 02/01/12 10:54 AM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
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just read a story which stated non-native Burmese pythons etc ... so it struck me ... do we have native Burmese pythons?

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#211357 - 02/01/12 11:04 AM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: rporter314]
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Originally Posted By: rporter314
just read a story which stated non-native Burmese pythons etc ... so it struck me ... do we have native Burmese pythons?

No we do not. We know this because said pythons are named 'Burmese.' wink
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#211370 - 02/01/12 01:54 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
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Just one small fragment, out of a vast host of others, of a vast upheaval in biological relations caused by humans -- in the greatest Age of Extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs.

But forgetr about that -- let's get back to the clowns on TV and the latest speeches by the Republican contenders. ‚· · wink
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#211415 - 02/01/12 08:02 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: Mechanic]
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Originally Posted By: Mechanic
Making them "open season" prey - with perhaps a bounty - would elminate the "problem" in short order, IMO ! >Mech

Well, of course it should be an "open season" -- the goal is to eradicate, not conserve the critters. Hmmm... python burgers. It's a thought.:-)
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#211420 - 02/01/12 08:46 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
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Originally Posted By: issodhos
Originally Posted By: Mechanic
Making them "open season" prey - with perhaps a bounty - would elminate the "problem" in short order, IMO ! >Mech

Well, of course it should be an "open season" -- the goal is to eradicate, not conserve the critters. Hmmm... python burgers. It's a thought.:-)

Probly gonna be a glut of snake oil on the market.
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