Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Python Hunting Adventurous for Reporter

An estimated 125,000 non-native pythons are roaming the Everglades and have been devastating to some species of wildlife, so Florida has authorized a python hunting season which began Monday.

Among the species on the target list are Burmese pythons, the Indian python, northern and south African rock pythons, reticulated pythons, scrub pythons, green anacondas and Nile monitor lizards. Once killed, local tanners are eagerly anticipating their hides to satisfy demand from a who's who of clothing designers.

Reporter David Sutta and photojournalist Doug Johnson joined one set of hunters on opening day and as Mr. Sutta details in a blog entry and as they captured in an accompanying unembeddable video, they may not have been attacked by a python, but they did experience trouble from another non-native species: Africanized killer bees.
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