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Money Python: Florida Contest Offers Rewards In 2013 Everglades Python Hunt

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the badger-badger-badger-badger-mushroom dept.

The Almighty Buck 132

Press2ToContinue writes "Dubbed the Python Challenge, the month-long contest will award $1,000 for the longest python and $1,500 for the most pythons caught between Jan. 12 and Feb. 10 in any of four hunting areas north of Everglades National Park and at the Big Cypress National Preserve. Pythons have been spreading through the Everglades for years, posing a threat to the sensitive ecosystem by preying on native species. Some estimates put their number in the tens of thousands. Last year, 272 pythons were removed from the wild, state figures show."

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Ex-python (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236065)

Looks like they're off to meet their makes.

Re:Ex-python (2)

flyneye (84093) | about a year ago | (#42236245)

They're making a flying circus of the whole affair.
Perhaps it would be wise to involve some mens footwear companies both for recycling and my affinity for gaudy expensive boots.

ob Simpson whacking day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236079)

how many Simpsons snake references will there be?!

Re:ob Simpson whacking day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236097)

Snakes! Snakes everywhere!

What's whacking day?

Re:ob Simpson whacking day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236167)


Re:ob Simpson whacking day (1)

Dahamma (304068) | about a year ago | (#42236353)

Won't work, the Everglades are too warm. They'd have to find something else to take care of the snake-eating gorillas.

Re:ob Simpson whacking day (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236949)

how many Simpsons snake references will there be?!

The snakes will be hunted and eaten by gorillas, and when the winter comes the gorillas will freeze to death.

No one expects the Serpent Expedition! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236155)

Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms - Oh damn!

Cobra effect (5, Informative)

andy1307 (656570) | about a year ago | (#42236157)

Florida should read about the Cobra effect [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Cobra effect (1)

Ginger Unicorn (952287) | about a year ago | (#42236391)

It seems like all the British rulers needed to do was instead of instantly scrapping the dead cobra reward, was put the word out that it was being scrapped in whatever duration of time it takes to rear a cobra from hatchling to redeemable size, that way all the remaining cobras being bred would be eventually "redeemed", and no new cobras would be bred, since it would be pointless.

Just sayin' - I realise this isn't the point of the parable.

Re:Cobra effect (1)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#42236937)

Well, even that probably wouldn't work in this case. Its a different situation.
Its a national park, where access is pretty difficult in most places, and you don't have a large local resident population in the park to clandestinely breed snakes.

Further, I suspect you could check hunters into the park, and out again, so you would know they entered with no snakes.

With a population estimated in tens of thousands, and a catch of only 272, the snake population is already out of control, and you might as well figure out how to deal with your new "indigenous species".

Historically, attempts to control or eradicate invasive populations intentionally or accidentally introduced to areas has met with only marginal success. Introducing predators of Cobras is probably out of the question, The mongoose being the most common predator, but is also a banned species.

Re:Cobra effect (1)

meerling (1487879) | about a year ago | (#42237295)

The only ones I've heard of that succeeded involved islands of limited size and land-born species. (No flyers or strong swimmers.)

Re:Cobra effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236459)

WTF is this news? Was it in the 'What Hicks do in their spare time' section?

Re:Cobra effect (4, Funny)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#42236745)

WTF is this news? Was it in the 'What Hicks do in their spare time' section?

What are you about? Python is an important, widely used computer language. Of course discussion of it belongs on Slashdot.

Oh. Wait.

Re:Cobra effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42238795)

Wait to the average temperature starts going up along with the sea level. All of a 'sudden' the Everglades will be Miamian's backyard, and pythons will be able to slither up into to Georgia. The only people that will be happy about this will be the Pentecostals. They'll have easier access to bigger snakes, and their, "I told you so's" will take on the ring of truth.

Can't wait.

Re:Cobra effect (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236825)

Bounties don't always fail; according to my grandfather there used to be all kinds of rattle snake dens, but a bounty on rattlesnakes earlier in the century essentially wiped them out. I think the trick was that the bounties were handled at the township level, and thus it ended up being mostly locals hunting snakes part-time or on weekends. Some random asshat walking in every day with a truckload of snakes would have been figured out pretty quick Plus the local farmers wanted the things dead to make the area safer anyway, so the bounty served more as a way to get people out the door and actually do something about the problem.

I should qualify these were native snakes, and the terrain was a little more forgiving than I imagine the everglades is. And to finish the story, in the last handful of years our local conservationists had the bright idea to try re-introducing rattlesnakes in the wild. I guess rattlesnakes must be more fun to have around when you don't have to constantly be afraid that the next piece of wood or bale of hay you move is going to reveal an angry poisonous reptile.

Re:Cobra effect (1)

rickkw (920898) | about a year ago | (#42236991)

Not if only the the winner of catching the most, or the longest is awarded. No one is going to breed these pythons and release them to the wild just to have a chance to win $1500. Captive breeding is not an option because these pythons have to eat too, and will probably cost more than the award to raise them.

Re:Cobra effect (2)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about a year ago | (#42237339)

Is that where you can't hit anything if you're firing the red lasers?

Re:Cobra effect (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42237831)

hahahahahaha. how is this not +5 funny.........

I remember one episode where they actually hit something and I was like "OH MY GOD" but they turned out to be dummies and I was like "awww"

Re:Cobra effect (1)

EdIII (1114411) | about a year ago | (#42237375)

I've got a possible solution to that.....

Does Python taste good? I love alligator and rattlesnake meat. If you turned it into a business, and had meat packing plants shipping it cross country, there is a whole new industry.

You would have people attempting to grow them, but that takes awhile. Considering that, you would still have enterprising people searching the wild for them. Or as another poster referred to them, "The Hicks".

Re:Cobra effect (1)

thomasw_lrd (1203850) | about a year ago | (#42238227)

I think they eat pythons in foreign countries, and I've heard that rattlesnakes taste pretty good. But it's like everything else. Tastes like chicken.

Re:Cobra effect (1)

zippthorne (748122) | about a year ago | (#42238831)

Everything only tastes like chicken because everyone used to smoke, so no one knew what anything tasted like.

Re:Cobra effect (2)

dreamchaser (49529) | about a year ago | (#42238669)

It actually does taste pretty good, but I think the large ones would be very tough. You can by meat from smaller pythons in one of the larger 'gourmet' supermarket chains in my area and I've tried it. Not quite the same as rattlesnake; I'd say the latter has a bit sweeter meat, but both are tasty. Then again the store bought python was probably bred and the rattlesnake I've had was wild so maybe it's unfair to compare the taste.

Re:Cobra effect (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | about a year ago | (#42239057)

Yes, snake is good.

But... there is an issue of mercury poisoning... apparently what they've measured in larger top level predators like the snakes, gators, etc. in the Everglades is 3x the amount they deem "safe once in a while" for ocean caught/raised/farmed fish.

Bounty on snake heads is the solution. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236165)

They should just put a bounty on the snakes like they used to do for wolves and mountain lions. $10 for each snake brought in would make an industry out of killing them. If we can drive species to extinction for profit surely we can eliminate these snakes. Make=ing it legal to sell snake meat would help too.

Re:Bounty on snake heads is the solution. (4, Informative)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#42236343)

Making it legal to sell snake meat would help too.

Yeah, but before you chow down on some snake, read the Florida Fish and Wildlife site: http://myfwc.com/license/wildlife/nonnative-species/python-permit-program/ [myfwc.com]

"Permit holders may sell the hide and meat, thus providing a type of compensation (note: Burmese pythons from Everglades National Park have been found to have very high levels of mercury and may not be recommended for human consumption)."

Re:Bounty on snake heads is the solution. (3, Insightful)

michelcolman (1208008) | about a year ago | (#42236361)

Yeah, introduce a bounty so that people can start breeding them for profit...

Re:Bounty on snake heads is the solution. (1)

RogL (608926) | about a year ago | (#42236629)

Yeah, introduce a bounty so that people can start breeding them for profit...

Set a bounty low enough it's not worth breeding snakes to collect it.
But it's enough to cover your ammo / lunch / beer costs for a day in the swamp shooting.

Re:Bounty on snake heads is the solution. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236377)

Nope, won't work. People will start breeding them instead because that is more profitable than hunting.
Also those people will have an incentive NOT to solve the problem to keep the money flowing. Guess what the result of that will be.

Re:Bounty on snake heads is the solution. (1)

mikael (484) | about a year ago | (#42236499)

But then you get people laying down all sorts of traps that kill everything and not just the pythons. Anything that is killed and isn't a python is just tossed away.

Seems a humane way would be to place down thousands of trapboxes with live webcams, and have some image recognition software to recognise python patterns or just have a "something interesting" button.

Read the parent (1)

fantomas (94850) | about a year ago | (#42237003)

Did you not read the parent post about the "Cobra Effect"? $10 for a snake would not only make an industry out of killing them, it would create an industry of people who would start to breed snakes for profit.. and who would then let them go in to the wild if they were closed down.

The OTHER Python Challenge (2, Interesting)

sorensenbill (1931240) | about a year ago | (#42236171)

Made me think of the puzzle website I went through while learning the programing language. Any puzzle lovers out there interested can find it here http://www.pythonchallenge.com/ [pythonchallenge.com] It can be done with little or no knowledge of the language as long as you don't mind reading the docs.

Pythons are so incredibly awesome. (5, Informative)

mirix (1649853) | about a year ago | (#42236213)

They're sort of... living legends... An alpha release snake.

Later species are much more streamlined, and have dropped some of their dual organs to make room. (Newer snakes only have one lung, for example. well - they usually have a second joke-sized vestigial lung as well). Fat snakes like pythons and boas have two, still.

Another neat thing about pythons is they have little.. claw like things, near their exhaust pipe. Remnants of their hind legs. :)
Reptiles lost in time...

I understand why they have to go in Florida (which seems hopeless at this point, anyhow), though.
The first time I saw a Burmese Python (like those in Florida) in person I was just amazed at the size of the thing... A snake that weighs more than me.

Re:Pythons are so incredibly awesome. (3, Informative)

Grayhand (2610049) | about a year ago | (#42236519)

I used to keep pythons. They're surprisingly intelligent and even have personalities. I had a 10' albino that was my favorite. He'd curl up in my lap while I watched TV. I think they are a terrible pet for the average person but the laws they passed are ridiculous because they force most owners into a situation of either having their snakes put to sleep or releasing them. What people don't realize is Florida is the only state in the union that they can survive in. They are extremely sensitive to cold and don't like dry conditions. Banning the transportation in the other lower 48 is nuts. Ban importation fine, ban the sale in Florida fine. In Florida they need a system where people can turn them in no questions asked and hopefully to wildlife rescues and not to be put down. Owners can grow really attached to them and may foolishly release them so they aren't killed. Also ban the breeding of Pythons in Florida. The problem could disappear as in new releases if they aren't allowed to breed. Unfortunately they should have never been allowed in Florida. Now the situation is nearly impossible to control. Florida is still dragging their feet on the solution. There's hunting restrictions in many areas where as they should be encouraged. It'd be worth putting a bounty on them and it could even be partly paid by the sale of the skins. When I was in New Zealand they were selling items like fur covered notepads made of Opossum fur. They imported a type of Opossum from Australia a 100 years ago to start a fur industry. They population is out of control so they are trying everything to irradicate them. Florida needs to get aggressive. Sell python based products and use the money to fund hunts. It may be impossible to get rid of them but you can seriously reduce the numbers.

Re:Pythons are so incredibly awesome. (1)

Kittenman (971447) | about a year ago | (#42237733)

In Florida they need a system where people can turn them in no questions asked

Sort of a "python amnesty"?

And BTW, I'm currently in NZ and am wearing socks that include a mix of opossum wool. I get the occasional urge to climb a tree but no other side-effects. (And in my time here I've also eaten opossum stir-fry. Them's good eating... )

Re:Pythons are so incredibly awesome. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42239585)

I feel I should inform you that we have Possums in New Zealand, not Opossums. While they are similar marsupials, they belong to different families. From Wikipedia: "Opossums (colloquially possums) (Didelphimorphia, /dadlfmrfi/) make up the largest order of marsupials in the Western Hemisphere, including 103 or more species in 19 genera. They are also commonly called possums, though that term technically refers to Australian fauna of the suborder Phalangeriformes."

The analogy between species is a good one. There have been multiple bounties offered here over the years, and attempts to establish both fur and meat industries. Due to the colder climate, possums here have started growing thicker coats, and the fur is of good quality. Unfortunately hunters tend to kill possums mostly at forest edges and easy to access locations, meaning they never really make a dent in the population. The only real solution that has been found until this point is [sadly] to drop poisons - principally 1080 (Sodium fluoroacetate) - from the air over many hectares of native bush at a time. This is understandably an unpopular policy, but is largely effective. I think Florida will eventually have to look at taking a similar route if they really want to deal to the pythons.

Not worth the time and effort (1)

TheNastyInThePasty (2382648) | about a year ago | (#42236243)

$1500 for a month's worth of effort? I'll pass. That doesn't even put you above the poverty line.

Re:Not worth the time and effort (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236309)

It's something you'd do in your spare time, shit for brains.

Re:Not worth the time and effort (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42237413)

Only if it's your full-time job. Someone could still nab the longest one for $1000, if they hunt more often then it increases the odds. Like gambling with better odds.

Why the fuck is this on slashdot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236247)

Who the fuck cares anymore.

Must humanely kill them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236265)

So who is going to determine what this is? Greenpeace? The Animal Rights Coalition? The head has to be attached. I was thinking of blowing it head off at 50 feet.

Re:Must humanely kill them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42237333)

I know right? In my home town, the humane society got all uppity when it was discovered dogs were put down with bullets then buried. Boo hoo, not all of the dogs were dead when they were buried. So now the taxpayers have to pay more to put these dogs down 'humanely' and have to make sure they're dead when they're buried. Bleeding heart liberals.

News for nerds? (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year ago | (#42236321)

Did someone confuse Python [wikipedia.org] for Python [wikipedia.org] ?

Re:News for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236533)

I thought "Money Python" was a pun on "Monty Python". Of course, that show was partly named after your first reference, and your second is named after the show. But I must admit I had a bug hunt contest in mind when clicking on the story...

Slashdot Challenge (1)

Required Snark (1702878) | about a year ago | (#42236327)

Money Python + (Language) Python + Monty Python = ?

Extra Points for "Profit!"

Re:Slashdot Challenge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236583)

1) Money Python + (Language) Python + Monty Python = A tangled nest of Python sex.
2) More Pythons -> You win the contest.
3) Profit!

I found five dead ones (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236333)

def main():
      raise RuntimeError( 'the python' );
      return 0

if __name__ == '__main__':

def main():
      raise RuntimeError( 'on top of' );
      return 0

if __name__ == '__main__':

def main():
      raise RuntimeError( 'your monitor' );
      return 0

if __name__ == '__main__':

def main():
      raise RuntimeError( 'will explode' );
      return 0

if __name__ == '__main__':

def main():
      raise RuntimeError( 'in five seconds' );
      return 0

if __name__ == '__main__':

MF'n Snakes on the MF'n Grassy Plain! (2)

trout007 (975317) | about a year ago | (#42236351)

Said no one.

Re:MF'n Snakes on the MF'n Grassy Plain! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236623)

The everglades is an interesting place. It isn't a swamp in the traditional sense. It even has salt water underneath the fresh water on the surface. Think of a very large and shallow lake. There are sand bars and grasses everywhere, and most of it can be walked through. The shallowness is why we in Florida have Airboat rides. They skim over the surface well, even if they are noisy as hell. Everyone in should go on an Airboat ride once.

Python (1)

todrules (882424) | about a year ago | (#42236371)

When I saw the article at first, I immediately thought this had to do with the Python programming language - since this is Slashdot. Boy, was I wrong. Hmmmm... Maybe the editor just saw the word 'python' and didn't actually read TFA? Probably, since this is Slashdot.

My thought exactly (1)

bdwoolman (561635) | about a year ago | (#42236579)

Then I saw it was just snakes in The River of Grass. How come nobody is hunting them to extinction to make cowboy boots?

Re:Python (1)

dudpixel (1429789) | about a year ago | (#42238709)

Yep, I started reading the summary and thought "oh goody, a python contest! and there's a prize!....oh wait".

What's wrong with a goldfish? (3, Interesting)

SternisheFan (2529412) | about a year ago | (#42236407)

Why do people own exotic pets when they're only going to abandon them when they inevitably grow larger? In Long Island, N.Y., we've recently had a couple weeks where alligators have been turning up. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/08/nation/la-na-nn-alligator-new-york-20121008 [latimes.com]

"Those beasts paled in comparison to Ming the tiger, who was discovered living in a Manhattan apartment in 2003. Ming's owner, Antoine Yates, unwittingly alerted police to the tiger's existence when he showed up at a hospital with deep bite marks on his leg. Hospital officials didn't believe the story that a dog had caused the bite. When police went to check Yates' apartment, they heard growling through the door." Cops also found (what else?) an alligator in the guy's apartment.

Re:What's wrong with a goldfish? (1)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#42236427)

Why is it always alligators and never kangaroos or something, it what I want to know.

Re:What's wrong with a goldfish? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236559)

There's no point in reporting a story on a kangaroo, it's not interesting.

Re:What's wrong with a goldfish? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236843)

One issue with Kangaroos, assuming you could get one, is that Australia does not have any native cats. So, any animal from there can get sick from bacteria carried in cat feces. Things like that.

Re:What's wrong with a goldfish? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236965)

There's a loose kangaroo in the Oklahoma City area right now.

Re:What's wrong with a goldfish? (1)

Amouth (879122) | about a year ago | (#42237845)

Re:What's wrong with a goldfish? (1)

kingturkey (930819) | about a year ago | (#42238597)

I'm wondering how they got that kangaroo. There are strict export controls on live kangaroos from Australia. It's only allowed for non-commercial purposes, such as zoo exchanges, and even then I think they require them to be returned, like the Chinese deal with pandas.

http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/kangaroos.html [dfat.gov.au]

Re:What's wrong with a goldfish? (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | about a year ago | (#42239199)

As an Aussie, I don't think we want our kanagaroos back, unless it's an extremely rare species such as the yellow-footed wallaby. There are more Bengal tigers in the US than there are in Asia, most are in private hands. Up until the 60's you could buy any kind of animal you wanted from Harrods in London, the US were just a bit slow to ban such practices. The kangaroo in the picture is most likely a common red kangaroo and probably originated from stock that existed before the trafficing laws came into effect. The "big red" can be quite dangerous up close, a full grown male stands at least 6 foot tall.

Re:What's wrong with a goldfish? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236523)

Of the dozen or so people I've met with exotic pets all of them had an IQ a standard deviation or two below the mean.

Re:What's wrong with a goldfish? (1)

ColdWetDog (752185) | about a year ago | (#42236905)

Of the dozen or so people I've met with exotic pets all of them had an IQ a standard deviation or two below the mean.

The pet or the pet owner? A python with an IQ of 66 or so could be pretty impressive.

Whacking Day! (1)

afgam28 (48611) | about a year ago | (#42236497)

Oh Whacking Day
Oh Whacking Day
Our hallowed snake skull-cracking day
We'll break their backs
Gouge out their eyes
Their evil hearts we'll pulverize
Oh Whacking Day
Oh Whacking Day
May God bestow his grace on thee

wacking season (simpsons) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236505)

Life imitates art.

mod doWn (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236621)

parts. The current philosophies must DOG THAT IT IS. IT whole has lost On an endeavour Fact: *BSD is dy1ng how it was supposed the wind appeared

exotics (1)

kqc7011 (525426) | about a year ago | (#42236659)

A few years ago I was doing some work in the Everglades National Park and during a pre-work briefing the Chief of Resource Management (person in charge of protecting everything) basically told us "if you see one of those snakes on the road, run it over and then back up over it to make sure".

Why the hell is a permit needed? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about a year ago | (#42236675)

Put a bounty on them, or at least let people kill as many as they wish. Requiring a permit to kill something you want to exterminate is stupid. Do you need a license to kill rats in Florida?

Re:Why the hell is a permit needed? (2)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#42236841)

The Florida Fish & Wildlife site is your friend & helper: http://myfwc.com/license/wildlife/nuisance-wildlife/ [myfwc.com]

"Gun/Light at Night Permit

This permit authorizes a landowner or their designee to take depredating wildlife (beaver, bobcat, fox, possum, rabbit, raccoon, or skunk) at night with a gun and light. The permit is not required to take wild hog, coyote, armadillo, black or Norway rat, and house mouse, with a gun and light during non-daylight hours.

Hunting and trapping wild hogs is not only a popular sport in Florida but a useful tool in man's attempt to control feral populations on private and state lands. Nuisance wildlife trappers that want to shoot or trap feral swine on private lands do not need FWC authorization. Permission of the landowner is all that is required. A permit is not required to take wild hog with a gun and light during non-daylight hours."

I used to think of Florida as a boring Disneyland vacation place. Now it is sounding like an exciting shoot-the-varmints vacation place.

Re:Why the hell is a permit needed? (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about a year ago | (#42238437)

So, in Florida you can hunt house mice with a gun and a light. But only at night.

I'm visualizing a couple of good ol' boys down in their basement on Saturday night with a spot light, a couple of 12-gauge shotguns, and a case of beer hunting mice.

Oh. Wait. Florida. No basements.

Re:Why the hell is a permit needed? (1)

Monoman (8745) | about a year ago | (#42237665)

This! It makes no sense to require a permit to exterminate these things.

I live in south FL, I have never seen one of these snakes but iguanas are taking over in some areas. Southern FL is a very welcoming ecosystem for many creatures. We have all kinds of invasive species from snakes and iguanas to white flies and lion fish. ...

Tasty! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236777)

I grew up eating rattlers at the county fair, which taste like chicken and aren't bad with Shake and Bake and ketchup. Pythons? Test 'em for mercury. If they pass, they're dinner.

Python hunting (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42236821)

I had a friend who was a National Park Service Law Enforcement Ranger. He spent about 9 months down in the Everglades a few years back and was issued two shotguns. One was the typical duty shotgun for a cop, the other was set up for "snake hunting" and they were given the orders to KILL all snakes they found. If it was a python/boa constrictor/etc. it was to be shot 2x to make sure it was DEAD.

He told me that the estimates were way off, and that every day he could have gone out doing nothing but killing snakes all day. The snakes breed like crazy there, and can and will destroy the local habitat if not checked. These snakes should surely have a proper disposal plan once people are tired of them, and should not be released into the wild. I say we start a bounty program like what Louisiana has on the Nutria rat. You buy a permit and get x amount per kill. There will always be those that will cheat the system and breed them, in addition to those who will try to game the system as a way to make a living. We just need to plan on that and work around it.

Next up: lion fish! (5, Interesting)

Chewbacon (797801) | about a year ago | (#42237219)

They're invading our waters, more importantly reef habitats. The bigger fish haven't recognized them as prey yet as they gobble up all the smaller fish. My local dive shop is paying $5 a head for them and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation has issued an open season for them, no fishing license required. Good eatin from what I've heard. Tastes like hogfish, just use a paralyzer tip and cut the spines off without poking yourself.

Re:Next up: lion fish! (1)

Monoman (8745) | about a year ago | (#42237679)

Yeah we are even seeing them in brackish waters. I took a speargun shot at some last year but missed. They are definitely gonna keep booming before we get them under control.

Wow (1)

EdIII (1114411) | about a year ago | (#42237403)

I guess I'm the only one who read that as, "Monty Python" Florida Contest Offers Rewards...."

Re:Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42239627)

You are NOT alone. I thought the same too.

I thought it was something about monty python, and the python language.

Bloodthirsty, fucked up sociopaths of Slashdot... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42237457)

What a bunch of fucked up, emotionally stunted assholes you all are...

"Yearr, kill everything, kill, kill, kill!"

Aren't you just manly and strong, killing animals who can't fight back against your weapons. What a bunch of retarded, gutless cowards you all are.
I wonder how brave you'll be when somebody kills you?

Tell me - when did you CHOOSE to be born a human, and not an animal?

Re:Bloodthirsty, fucked up sociopaths of Slashdot. (2)

youngatheart (1922394) | about a year ago | (#42238501)

[Checked a mirror, yup, canines.]

I didn't choose, but I am an animal. By most definitions, yes, we are in fact animals. We have all the instincts of carnivores, an urge to stalk, an urge to hunt and yes, an urge to kill prey.

Now if I stalk around the house and pounce on things, my family looks at me a little funny because of society or whatever. But if I buy a permit and a bow and go after deer, that's totally acceptable.

If I'm wandering around the savanna in my PJs and get taken out by a pride of lions, then nobody is going to be blaming the lions, calling them gutless cowards, asking them how brave they're going to be when somebody kills them. They're lions, that's what they do and we're perfectly fine with that.

If anything, it's human hunters that are on the highroad here. We have rules about when and how we're allowed to kill other animals (and each other.) We're at the top of a food chain, and rather than just killing whatever we can, we restrict ourselves. I can't think of any other predator that does that. That's kind of an intelligent thing and telling a bunch of gun toting predators that they have to do things your way kind of takes guts.

So yeah, pretty much the opposite of everything you said. Wait, were you being deliberately ironic? It'd be funny if you'd included something that actually had ... well humor in it.

Interesting plan ... (1)

divec (48748) | about a year ago | (#42237563)

1. Spark a hunting spree that has no hope of eradicating them.
2. Apply selective pressure to breed unhuntable pythons.
3. ???
4. Profit!

Or am I missing something?

Re:Interesting plan ... (1)

John Hasler (414242) | about a year ago | (#42238473)

> Apply selective pressure to breed unhuntable pythons.

After all, look at all the other animals that have been hunted for millenia and have consequently become "unhuntable".

> Or am I missing something?

The fact that many species have been hunted to extinction?

Re:Interesting plan ... (1)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#42238977)

Yeah. You'd think natural selection would produce a raccoon that was un-squishable by cars. Not yet. Not in my neighborhood.

news for nerds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42238903)

This is NOT news for nerds.

Why do I need a license to hunt non-native animals (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42239331)

You don't need a license to set rat traps. Or to throw lampreys you pry off onto the beach. Or to scrub zebra mussels off your docks. It really ought to be open season on any pest species that is disrupting the ecosystem. Pythons and pigs, we ought to cull them as much and as often we can. We may never eradicate them, but we can at least try to keep their populations low. In fact I would argue that a bounty should be offered rather than charging for permits. Might help offset the cost of lead-free bullets when pig hunting.

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Well you will know when they are serious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42239991)

About the python problem when there is a 10.00 dollar reward for each one. and then you will see some real action.

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