PYTHON CHALLENGE: 2016

The second Python Challenge sponsored by the state of Florida is now scheduled to begin January 16, 2016 and run until February 14, 2016.  All important information can be found at www.myfwc.com. In preparation for the event the E-W-A started sending members to PYTHON TRAINING CLASSES offered by the FWC.  We started going on 11/21/2015.

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This one was about 12 feet.  The class provided a lot of important information about handling a Burmese python.

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We all learned today what end to grab when you run into one of these out in the Everglades. Ha...

  Jenny Novak and Jeff Fobb headed up the class.  They were great

 

Jenny Novak and Jeff Fobb headed up the class.  They were great

THE PYTHON WAR:

  The Everglades Wildlife Alliance began production on the first episode of a new series they are developing for the internet. The group headed deep into the Everglades trying to locate Burmese pythons.  They ran into more than they bargained for.

 

The Everglades Wildlife Alliance began production on the first episode of a new series they are developing for the internet. The group headed deep into the Everglades trying to locate Burmese pythons.  They ran into more than they bargained for.

THE PYTHON WAR:

Currently, one of the most pressing problems in the Everglades is the Burmese python. (This issue has grown into "The Python War"). The state does not seem to be moving quickly enough with a comprehensive plan to address the ecological damage that this deadly predator is causing.  Rather, it appears that it will react long after it is to late for many of the animal and bird populations living in the Everglades.  The E-W-A will seek to align with other organizations and individuals in an effort to help finds ways to stop or manage the spread of the giant constrictors and other exotic species now invading the Florida Everglades. 

 

Huge numbers of Burmese pythons, African Rock Pythons, anacondas are devouring the unsuspecting and defenseless local wildlife populations.  The Burmese python is now the apex predator in the state.  The estimated population of these giant snakes has jumped to well over 150,000 and growing.  They can reach over 20' in length and can weigh over 200lbs.  It has no natural enemies and has a voracious appetite.  Rabbit, racoon,bobcat, panther, white-tailed deer, wood stork, squirrel and wren populations are being decimated along with countless others. The ecological damage done by this foreign invader alone is huge. Federal and state tax payers have committed billions of dollars to restore the Everglades but the slow response and lack of action to this looming disaster is a major disappointment.  And the problem is becoming acute as the giant snakes spread through the state. 

Everglades Restoration and conservation are fine slogans.  However, the elimination of harmful exotic species, especially the giant constrictors, needs to be brought to a higher level...Quickly....while there is still time.

  The lack of proven methods for python trapping and the lack of funding for research and staffing to actually trap or eradicate pythons continues to fuel the growing problem.

 

The lack of proven methods for python trapping and the lack of funding for research and staffing to actually trap or eradicate pythons continues to fuel the growing problem.

  Expanding the search for invasives in 2015.

 

Expanding the search for invasives in 2015.