Officials give up on evicting pythons from the eveglades

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Ric, Mar 23, 2014.

  1. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
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  2. Have they thought about putting a bounty on them, like say $1000.00 for them.
     
  3. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
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    Pretty sure they have done that and lizards too. Problem is they're hard to find. Usually people only find them when they're eating something.
     
  4. Ric

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    JB while I appreciate your reply. Two things are very apparent. First you have never been in the middle of the Tropical swamp they call the Everglades. Second you miss the part of the article where 1500 hunters only caught 68 of the over 100,000 estimated snakes in the everglades.

    I have done other animal trapping and these snakes are hard to trap. They only want Live bait. As of now we only know how to Hunt them, not eradicate them. Like Pest Control we need to study them and find the weak spot.

    The one factor that does thin the herd is just the right Cold weather. That is cold enough to slow the snakes but not the gators. Only Mother Nature can provide that factor.

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  5. easy-lift guy

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    Your dealing with two road blocks when it comes to exotic and invasive species control or eradication.
    First and the toughest is Apathy. The Second is timing, the latter is the main reason why the last state sponsored hunt was a complete failure IMHO. Like all exotic/invasive species are concerned virtually nothing the state or citizens can do to control,eradicate other than let the species wipe out the food source and die off or move on elsewhere. The latter does nothing to solve the problem. When any and all E/I species show up at my home in the near future, including coyotes I will make sure they assume room temp due to lead poisoning shortly after discovery.
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  6. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    One more import. Only problem now is that the domestic American Crocodile which is already on the US endangered species list will in all likelihood be confused by the "swamp apes".
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  8. larryinalabama

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    Just wait till the US goes into a depression, those large snakes will be extinct.
     
  9. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I think we will be working thru the wild hog population for some time before I try to find a python.
     
  10. Ric

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    Not to change the subject BUT. I was standing in line at Tractor Supply and started talking to a lady beside me in line. Bottom Line She was buying Corn to feed wild hogs near her house. She didn't want to shoot them or put them in the freezer, she just liked seeing them. I bit my tongue. People wouldn't feed birds if they stopped realize how much disease they care. Also those who feed Gators.

    A while back there was a guy who lived on a main rural hwy, feeding wild hogs. I drove past his house several times and saw what I assumed was a Domestic Sounder of Hogs. Turned out after a few accidents or near accidents on the hwy, and New Paper article. He no longer feeds the wild hogs.

    I have studied the hog problem and how to best control it. But I don't think people are ready to eradicate the problem. While there is a need, there is no demand for control.

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