Friday, March 22, 2013

Floridians Failures As Snake Hunters

March 22, 2013

On January 12, 2013, Florida announced a one month snake-a-thon to try to catch as many Burmese pythons as possible.  (Reported in BS at the beginning of the hunt, which was Jan.12, 2013.  See below.) The pythons, not native to the Everglades, are destroying native species by eating them and are ruining native habitat.  They also multiply rapidly, grow quite large, and estimates place the number of pythons in the tens of thousands.

Predictions of 1,000's of captures to only a few dozen were made by wildlife experts and politicians on the announcement of the great snake hunt.  800 would-be snake hunters showed up on the 1st day of the hunt and 18 snakes were reported caught.  After that, things slowed down a lot.

The final result, at the close of the one month hunt, was 68 Burmese pythons captured, a little more than two a day.

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