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Everglades Swamped With Invading Burmese Pythons - UPDATES

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« on: July 20, 2009, 10:09:50 am »


Kimball said a bounty was an additional option to consider but suggested that a pilot program in Big Cypress, where hunting is allowed, might be a way to start.

Scientists say it will be difficult, if not impossible, to eradicate pythons from the Glades, where they can easily move across vast wetlands. Unless they're sunning on a road or dike, they're difficult to even spot in the wild.

Congress is currently considering legislation, strongly opposed by the pet industry and many owners, that would ban the import and breeding of the exotic snake and other potentially destructive species.

But Ron Bergeron, a state wildlife commissioner and Broward developer who has spent much of his life hunting in the Glades, said something has to be done to control the pythons already there.

''If we can send someone to the moon, we can figure out how to get rid of a snake,'' he said. 
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