Saturday, August 22, 2009
THIS IS WHY I LOVE FLORIDA AND WHY SO MANY WRITERS LIVE AND WORK HERE.
Python Kills Expanded To Hunters
Thousands Of Non-Native Snakes Estimated In Everglades
POSTED: Friday, August 21, 2009
UPDATED: 3:34 pm EDT August 21, 2009
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla. -- Wildlife officials are expanding their efforts to rid Florida of invasive pythons.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said it will allow licensed hunters to begin killing the snakes Aug. 29 in portions of the Everglades around Big Cypress National Preserve.
Only those with hunting licenses will be allowed to kill the snakes. Hunters also will be required to report the kills to the state. FWC said they are not allowed to remove the snakes alive.
Last month, the agency began a program that issues permits to select experts who can hunt down and kill the snakes. That program continues.
Experts estimate there are thousands of the nonnative pythons in South Florida. They said the snakes are disrupting the ecosystem.
"The Associated Press"
Remember Pythons grow to be over twenty feet long.
Also remember to hire an armed guide when traveling in the Everglades.