viernes, 26 de abril de 2013

$1500 for Most Pythons Killed Python Hunting Season starts in Florida

$1500 for Most Pythons Killed Python Hunting Season starts in Florida. The intrepid hunters -- almost all amateurs -- are in the vanguard of a renewed drive to reduce the numbers of non-native giant Burmese pythons that are decimating the ecosystem of world's second-largest mangrove forest. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission which organised the hunt has offered a bounty of $1000 for the largest snake and $1500 for the hunter who dispatches the most snakes before the closing deadline on February 13. Hunters were given their instructions at an induction day on Saturday where they were advised on the basics -- wear sunscreen, take plenty of water -- and, more importantly, how to avoid getting bitten by native venomous species such as the Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake. According to competition rules, hunters must dispatch all captured snakes with a shot or knife blow to the head -- decapitation is not recommended by animal welfare groups since the snakes' nervous system can continue to operate for up to an hour after the head is severed. "I grab him behind the head and stick the knife through his brain," a 55-year-old wildlife rescuer, told the local Sun Sentinel newspaper, "End it quickly."
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