This bulletin from Southwest Florida (via WINK News) is alarming:
Biologists are trying hard to clean up a massive python problem in southwest Florida, according to WINK News.
Ian Bartoszek, a wildlife biologist with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida’s Environmental Science Department, told WINK that 10,000 pounds of snakes have been captured within a 40-mile area during the last five breeding seasons…
These pythons are hurting the food chain of southwest Florida, Bartoszek said.
“One python had the remains of a possum and a bobcat, many others are deer and fawn,” Bartoszek told WINK. “They are definitely eating all the way up the food chain and that’s very worrisome, because if they are impacting deer, that’s panther food.”
I’m 100% in favor of saving the critically endangered Florida panther, but I’ll admit that my first thought wasn’t that the giant pythons were encroaching on the panther’s food supply; it was that giant snakes are going to start gobbling pets and small humans…if they haven’t already.
Some expert advice:
Experts ask that if you see a python in the wild, don’t approach it, but try and take a photo and report its location.
Don’t worry — I sure as hell won’t approach it, though I may trample any humans or panthers in my path as I flee in terror. If I manage to snap a photo, it will damn sure be shot with a telephoto lens. Possibly from Georgia.