Current Topics
ReaderRant Roundtable for August 2016
by logtroll
Universal Basic Income? Guaranteed Job?
by Ezekiel
06:53 AM
Could Gary Johnson throw a monkey-wrench into the election?
by Ezekiel
06:28 AM
Angry Supporter Threatens Trump’s Life on Glenn Beck Show After Immigration Flip
by pondering_it_all
05:09 AM
Which Trump tweet is most offensive?
by pdx rick
04:40 AM
The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2016
by Ken Condon
01:26 AM
Trump's Trumpet
by logtroll
11:16 PM
Campaign 2016
by Ezekiel
02:00 PM
Health-care exchange sign-ups fall far short of forecasts
by pdx rick
07:31 AM
Here is what Mr. Trump meant ..............., the debate
by NW Ponderer
08/28/16 10:13 PM
Bad Hillary
by pdx rick
08/28/16 09:07 PM
The Common Sense Party
by jgw
08/28/16 07:16 PM
Mylan's Corporate Double-Speak
by pdx rick
08/28/16 03:04 PM
Alt-right and Trump: A unique danger?
by Jeffery J. Haas
08/28/16 02:11 PM
Trump's Campaign is a real National Security Issue
by pdx rick
08/27/16 10:18 PM
Forum Stats
6166 Members
56 Forums
15365 Topics
265183 Posts

Max Online: 282 @ 05/29/08 01:08 AM
Google Adsense
Topic Options
#211324 - 01/31/12 08:32 PM Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research
issodhos Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 09/29/05
Posts: 12581

Quote:
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.

Link
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
_________________________
"When all has been said that can be said, and all has been done that can be done, there will be poetry";-) -- Issodhos

Top
#211326 - 01/31/12 08:43 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
pdx rick Offline
Member
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 38710
Loc: Portland, Oregon
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.
_________________________
Contrarian, extraordinaire



Top
#211330 - 01/31/12 10:55 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
Mechanic Offline
journeyman

Registered: 04/19/11
Posts: 802
Making them "open season" prey - with perhaps a bounty - would elminate the "problem" in short order, IMO ! >Mech

Top
#211333 - 02/01/12 12:32 AM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
Irked Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 12/14/05
Posts: 3395
Loc: Somewhere out in left field
People care about vermin? Seems the snakes are doing a good deed.
_________________________
How eager they are to be slaves - Tiberus Caesar

Coulda tripped out easy, but I've changed my ways - Donovan

I consider myself to be a laid back type and quite tolerant on most issues - AB Breivik

Top
#211344 - 02/01/12 09:41 AM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
rporter314 Offline
old hand

Registered: 03/18/03
Posts: 5391
Loc: Highlands, Tx
isn't that already a reality tv show = Burmese Snake Hunters of the Everglades

Top
#211353 - 02/01/12 10:54 AM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
rporter314 Offline
old hand

Registered: 03/18/03
Posts: 5391
Loc: Highlands, Tx
just read a story which stated non-native Burmese pythons etc ... so it struck me ... do we have native Burmese pythons?

Top
#211357 - 02/01/12 11:04 AM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: rporter314]
pdx rick Offline
Member
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 38710
Loc: Portland, Oregon
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
_________________________
Contrarian, extraordinaire



Top
#211370 - 02/01/12 01:54 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
numan Offline
veteran

Registered: 08/06/08
Posts: 10853
Loc: What! Me Worry?
'
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
_________________________
The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools -- Herbert Spencer

Top
#211415 - 02/01/12 08:02 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: Mechanic]
issodhos Offline
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 09/29/05
Posts: 12581
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.:-)
_________________________
"When all has been said that can be said, and all has been done that can be done, there will be poetry";-) -- Issodhos

Top
#211420 - 02/01/12 08:46 PM Re: Pythons wiping out mammals in Everglades, research [Re: issodhos]
logtroll Online   happy
veteran

Registered: 04/25/10
Posts: 7742
Loc: New Mexico (not old Mexico)
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.
_________________________
"You can't fix a problem until you know what the problem is." Logtroll

Top

Who's Online
0 registered (), 16 Guests and 2 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Robert C Gumbs, Dennis17Log, katydid, ElGato, RHB
6166 Registered Users
A2