Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Invasive Snakes

Captured python in Everglades National Park

America's ecosystem experts continue to flail in their attempts to correct the harm caused by invasive snakes.
After World War II, the brown tree snake was accidentally introduced into Guam from its native New Guinea and Australia. Within a few decades these snakes completely devastated the island’s bird life—causing the extinction of nine out of the 11 native species.

Within the last few years, a similar threat posed by the introduction of non-native giant snakes into the United States has become an increasingly large concern.

The American Bird Conservancy (ABC), one of the country’s leading conservation organizations, is joining in the fight to ban importation of several species of such snakes: reticulated pythons, green anacondas, boa constrictors, and two other non-native constrictor species. If ABC is successful, these snakes will be considered “injurious wildlife” and regulated by the Lacey Act.[…]

These snakes have already done sizable damage to Florida’s ecosystem. The Burmese python is estimated to have a Florida population in the tens of thousands. Some of the first in the area were bought as pets and then released in the wild where they rapidly multiplied.

Studies have shown that pythons are responsible for a severe decline in the populations of mid-size mammals, such as raccoons, opossums, and bobcats. They’ve even been known to eat alligators—which surely gives human park visitors cause for real concern.
I suggest that a bounty be offered for each dead snake. A reasonable level of remuneration would mobilize an army of snake hunters. Presto-change-o, problem solved.


Doom said...

Right you are, "Bob". However, the government prefers to pay desk squatters to think problems away, and create whole bureaus if that fails, spending as much money "gainfully employing" as many people as it takes to not get the job done. Somehow, there seems to be a problem with logic in there, but never mind. There is more tax money where that came from!

Perhaps we should just create a cabinet level bureaucracy for this one, taking in academics who are about have their jobs eviscerated by the realities of modern education, employment potentials (even before the economic drop), and such. Similar types of work, office. Same pay and employment guarantees, with top beni's. And success rates will remain about the same. All good?

Anonymous said...

How about factories to convert these snakes in to boots, wallets, and belts etc. I'm sure companies like Swank would invest if they knew there was a dependable source of supply. A good pair of snake skin boots sells for several hundred dollars...


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