Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission employed the help of two tribesmen from Southern India to track Burmese pythons lurking in Florida's Everglades.
In Florida's month-long 2016 Python Challenge, 106 invasive Burmese pythons were turned in by hunters. These non-native snakes have a huge impact on the Everglades ecoystem, and wildlife officials say that the hunt's biggest benefit is spreading awareness. Plus, some really big snakes are brought in.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reinstated the “python challenge," which will run from Jan. 16 through Feb. 14 this year. Participants compete to catch the largest and longest Burmese pythons, as a means of protecting the Everglades National Park.
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Florida has become home to many invasive species that are threatening the Everglades. When non-native species establish themselves, it is harder to remove them. This puts an ecosystem's biodiversity at risk.
Florida officials have long been waging war with invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades National Park, where an ever-growing (but still hard to find) population of invasive pythons is so prevalent that it's taking a notable chunk out of local mammal populations. Unfortunately, most ecologists won't hesitate to say that the pythons are winning. Now however, the results of a new study may turn the tables, providing new information that can help focus efforts.
Researchers have long had anecdotal evidence that the mammal population in the Florida Everglades - a region famous for its wild and rich biodiversity - was on the decline. That's right, 'mammals' - as in all that's cute, furry, savage, and sly - ranging from skunks, to bats, to even bobcats. Now a new study has found the first concrete example of this decline, with invasive pythons named as the primary killers of the region's disappearing marsh rabbits.
Thanks to rising sea levels caused by climate change, nearly 60 plants in Everglades National Park are critically endangered, highlighting the need for stepped up conservation efforts.
Florida state wildlife officials and specialists spent this week searching for northern African rock pythons just outside of the Everglades in a continued effort to keep the species from invading the vulnerable tropical wetlands. They called it quits on Thursday, reporting zero finds, and while that may sound bad, it's actually really good news.
A deadly fungus carried by an invasive beetle from southeast Asia is killing thousands of trees across the Everglades, and experts don't know how to stop it.