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Ol MuckyOl Mucky Posts: 5,471 Admiral
What an idiot

Why Florida's Giant Python Hunting Contest Is a Bad Idea
By Kate Wong

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced that it will hold a month-long competition starting January 12, 2013, "to see who can harvest the longest and the most Burmese pythons" from designated public lands in southern Florida. The goal is to raise awareness about the threat this invasive species poses to the Everglades ecosystem, and to generate "additional information on the python population in south Florida and enhance our research and management efforts." Python hunting permit holders, as well as members of the general public, are invited to compete for the cash prizes of $1500 for the most pythons killed and $1000 for the longest python killed.

The Burmese python is one of the largest snakes in the world. (In August researchers at the University of Florida reported the capture of a 17.7-foot-long specimen--the biggest one ever found in the state.) And there's good evidence that these constricting snakes, which are native to Asia, are bad news for the Everglades ecosystem. In January researchers published a paper implicating the python in the dramatic decline of raccoons, bobcats and other mammals there.

But allowing anyone over the age of 18 to register and go out and hunt giant snakes on public lands? What could possibly go wrong?

Contest rules require that all participants complete a 30-minute online training course on detecting and documenting the pythons and that they dispatch the snakes "using humane methods," guidelines for which are available. But compare those rules to the more stringent requirements already on the books for obtaining an FWC python removal permit, which specify that applicants must, among other things, "have experience capturing wild snakes, handling aggressive snakes and working in remote areas."

How reliably can a novice sort Burmese pythons from native Florida snakes--some of which are venomous--in the wild after 30 minutes of preparation online? And obvious human safety concerns aside, can someone who has never handled snakes before really be counted on to kill a large constrictor humanely in the heat of the moment? Check out those euthanasia guidelines--they're more complicated than you might think.

The Burmese python is a very real problem for Florida's residents--humans and wildlife alike. But the 2013 Python Challenge does not seem like the wisest way to tackle it.
I have a much bigger and more powerful button

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  • CaptTaterCaptTater Posts: 20,096 Officer
    She is Wong.
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    I did not read the story but if you take tax payers money maybe you should be held to some standards.-Cyclist
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  • CaptCamelCaptCamel Posts: 703 Officer
    signed irving greenbaum nyc
    This here river don't go to Aintree....................................
  • Cane PoleCane Pole Stuart, FLAPosts: 9,563 Admiral
    Ol Mucky wrote: »
    What an idiot

    Who? Why? I'm confused.

    Sounds like a good idea. I doubt anybody who isn't real familiar with snakes is going to participate anyway...
  • King_MeKing_Me Posts: 5,129 Admiral
    Do they eat pigs?
  • Ol MuckyOl Mucky Posts: 5,471 Admiral
    Cane Pole wrote: »
    Who? Why? I'm confused.

    .


    But allowing anyone over the age of 18 to register and go out and hunt giant snakes on public lands? What could possibly go wrong?

    Her "a bunch of 18+ ol, gun totin necks who couldn't do no learnin no how in them thar evaglades doing god knows what" attitude:


    She should stick to advising NY'ers on the latest in men's briefs.
    Good gravies.
    I have a much bigger and more powerful button
  • rrbgttrrbgtt Posts: 6,753 Admiral
    Ol Mucky wrote: »
    In January researchers published a paper implicating the python in the dramatic decline of raccoons, bobcats and other mammals there.

    I bet I have pythons out back. I haven't seen a bobcat in a while......
    From hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. Ye damned bobcat!
  • ontheedge5658ontheedge5658 Posts: 2,658 Officer
    This has the makings of a new reality show. Snakes gone wild.
  • FluffyFluffy Posts: 1,761 Officer
    rrbgtt wrote: »
    I bet I have pythons out back. I haven't seen a bobcat in a while......

    Oh yes, blame the pythons.... :) Maybe a COLT python is to blame...
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • MRichardsonMRichardson Posts: 5,910 Admiral
    As I said before, there will be an uptick in white-trash-on-white-trash crime.
    Trailer park breakins/burglaries, mostly.
  • century7century7 Posts: 2,400 Captain
    just curious where was this article posted?

    As for humanely, i am thinking any center fire caliber is going to the snake down quickly.
    It works 60% of the time all the time......
  • beyondhelpbeyondhelp Posts: 391 Deckhand
    The article's comments are amusing to say the least...
    http://news.yahoo.com/why-floridas-giant-python-hunting-contest-bad-idea-213500707.html
    Well, if the snake is 10-15' long and wraps himself around you and begins to squeeze, you've found a python.
    If the Python asks you to bring it a "shrubbery", it is definitely not from Florida.
    John.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  • CaptCamelCaptCamel Posts: 703 Officer
    I have a python






































    in my pants
    This here river don't go to Aintree....................................
  • 001001 Posts: 4,292 Officer
    They gonna have a BBQ with all them snakes?
  • Tarpon65Tarpon65 Posts: 6,100 Admiral
    CaptCamel wrote: »
    I have a python
    in my pants

    Baby pythons don't count. :BUNNY
    Always Do Sober What You Said You'd Do Drunk. That Will Teach You To Keep Your Mouth Shut. - Ernest Hemingway

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