Another Year, Another Invasive Python Hunt

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In this photo taken Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016, a pair of trousers made of python skin is displayed at All American Gator Products in Hollywood, Fla. About a third of the pythons have come to Brian Wood, owner of All American Gator Products, to be made into wallets, shoes, belts or handbags. Wood pays up to $150 apiece for the snakes, about the same price he pays for python skins imported from Asia. © AP Photo/Alan Diaz

The pattern is striking. Takes a moment to realize it is a natural one. We have Burmese Pythons to thanks for that natural beauty. The pattern by which it is sewn together? Hmmm. We are not sure the fashion would suit us, so to speak. Python pants, in the work we do, would just be odd.

But to be consistent with our enthusiasm for eradication of invasive species, through what we call entrepreneurial conservation methods, we must tip our hats:

Florida hunters capture 106 Burmese pythons; 1 was 15-feet

By JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. — Florida wildlife officials say 106 Burmese pythons were caught during a state-sanctioned hunt for the invasive snakes.

The longest was 15 feet.

Over 1,000 people from 29 states registered to remove pythons from South Florida’s wetlands from Jan. 16 through Feb. 14.

Frank Mazzotti of the University of Florida says the stomach contents of the captured pythons are still being analyzed, but so far the prey has included a fawn and a wood stork and other large wading birds.

Once the necropsies are finished, about a third of the pythons will be made into wallets, shoes, belts or handbags. Brian Wood of All American Gator Products in Hollywood pays up to $150 apiece for the snakes — about the same price he pays for python skins imported from Asia.

 

One thought on “Another Year, Another Invasive Python Hunt

  1. I find this post disturbing. I am against hunting -period- invasive species or not, and hunting that does not follow humane slaughter methods really makes my blood boil. How were these animals killed? Yes the stomach contents is also disturbing. These animals, many if not all who were (most likely) former exotic pets are paying/have paid dearly due to the ignorance and negligence of mankind. What else is new?!

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