Florida May Begin Snake Hunt In Everglades National Park

July 15, 2009

Florida (ChattahBox) – Everglades National park may have a new set of assassins, as the state prepares to sign a bill that would allow a team of trained trappers to go after the growing python population.

A drastic increase in the pythons, which can grow more than 13 feet, has been seen over the past 10 years, with over 100,000 now living in the Glades alone.

Experts have worried for some time that the snakes would take over the park as the dominant species, threatening all other wildlife, including alligators, deers, and smaller animals as well.

It has seemed obvious to many that something has to be done to take care of the growing numbers, with various ideas being given on how to do that. But Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) has other ideas.

“There’s one way to do this: kill the snakes,” he was quoted as saying by The Miami Herald.

If the bill is passed a team of about 20 trappers will be trained and set loose on the park, killing off a certain number of the pythons.

The bill is set to be voted on this week.


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