Florida Senator Estimates There Are 100,000 Pythons In The Everglades

MIAMI (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is calling for tens of thousands of pythons believed to be in the Everglades to be hunted and killed.

Nelson sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday, asking for permission to have deputized agents and volunteers kill as many of the snakes as possible in an organized hunt.

The senator's request comes after a 2-year-old central Florida girl was strangled by an unlicensed pet python in her home.

Nelson hosted Salazar on a tour of the Everglades last month, in which he advised the secretary of the python problem. He estimated 100,000 of the snakes may be in the park.

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  • by Jamie Location: Greenville on Jul 16, 2009 at 01:36 PM
    To Wilma: I think the comment you put is ridiculous!! Even inmates can change, I a wife of a inmate and not all inmates are true criminals! I don't think you would like it if we throw you in there with the snakes!! You need to think about what your saying before you say it!!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 16, 2009 at 12:42 PM
    I like the tv show idea!... And I have to agree with the one who made the comment about them being released in the wild. This is the true reason for the bunch of them in the Everglades. They aren't appropriate pets, if you want a snake buy a regular sized one.
  • by Travis Location: in the cesspool of NC on Jul 15, 2009 at 08:27 AM
    GO SNAKES GO!!!!! They need to capture them all and then ship them to the White House!!!!!! Let the Pres. babysit them for a while
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Jul 15, 2009 at 06:21 AM
    I wonder what ever happened to the cobras in Onslow county?
  • by Wilma on Jul 14, 2009 at 09:32 PM
    How about putting all inmates in the water and have a free for all? Let the inmates fight for their survival?? Sounds like a good job for these felons to take up. But no, we will pay some existing employee $100 an hour in overtime to take care of this issue. Ah........the change you all voted for!!!!
  • by D. Turner Location: Pink Hill on Jul 14, 2009 at 04:54 PM
    Lets all hope and pray that these snakes don't start crossing the road. Obama will spend billions to help them cross the road safely. Anyone want to sponsor me for a snake killin job? We could film it and put it on Discovery or the Hunting channel. Heck they have loggers, bounty hunters, and fishermen why not giant snake hunters?
  • by Anonymous Location: Jacksonville on Jul 14, 2009 at 03:51 PM
    Wolfgang: AMEN TO THAT!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    I agree we need to rid Washington D.C. of the snakes there and vote in a new group that believes in doing right for the country and people. Leave the wildlife in the swamp and stop taking it home and there will not be children being killed by adults stupidity.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    You really are confused, maybe you should actually check the reality before you make your ignorant comments. It wasn't a pet that ate that kid. When they get too big to keep, people have been releasing their pythons into the Everglades for years and now they're thriving. It's not their natural habitat and introducing a foreign predator has drastic consequences on the ecosystem. This happens all the time: European Rabbits in Australia, Grey Squirrel in England, Kudzu in Atlanta... And yes, it is the government's responsibilty to protect its people.
  • by animama on Jul 14, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    Kudos Wolfgang, you hit the nail on the head!
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