The Reptile Report - Bryan Christy writes thoughtfully for National Geographic about the Florida Python Hunt. An excerpt: It’s useful to turn wildlife problems into something else, such as a meal. After...
Florida Python Hunt- Giant Publicity Stunt?
The Reptile Report - For the heat and hyperbole, who knew it was going to be this bad? But it is.
The Great Python Hunt of 2013 may have been the greatest publicity stunt in the history of the Everglades. When the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission sent us its first python news release months ago, we wrote an introductory story about the fracas and received a huge response. As did the Sun Sentinel, the Miami Herald, or just about any other outlet that wrote something about pythons.
So we kept at it. Writing more stories, wringing out more interest, because it all seemed too gratuitous to be true — knife-wielding men plodding into the Everglades to kill snakes without training or supervision? — and we didn’t yet know the truth.
We didn’t, but we’re pretty confident Florida Fish and Wildlife did: Pythons are almost impossible to find. They’re remarkably easy to capture once spotted. But it turns out, discerning the brown-and-black creatures in a brown-and-black landscape is an ocular challenge more daunting than the bottom line on an opthamologist’s test.
Read the full story after the jump.@ the online source