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With football made of python skin,
Florida aims to tap Super
Bowl hype for 2020 snake hunt

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Posted By: StormCnter, 12/9/2019 9:45:14 AM

Florida wildlife managers hope to tap the country’s biggest sports event for help with one of the state’s biggest environmental threats. The Florida Python Challenge, a competitive hunt for the Burmese python — an invasive snake that’s decimating small mammals and birds in the Everglades — plays off Super Bowl hype in Miami with something called the 2020 Python Bowl. As part of promoting the snake hunt, the state even had a football made from python skin, which Gov. Ron DeSantis posed with while pitching the event to assembled media in the Everglades. “Who gets the longest? Who gets the heaviest? Who gets the most?

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Then send those good old boys to Texas and we'll hunt feral hogs, perhaps to extinction.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Rather Read 12/9/2019 10:19:37 AM (No. 256997)
The Burmese python is decimating the Everglades. I majored in biology and some introduced plants and animals are wreaking havoc with ecosystems. The Burmese python is one. The bradford pear tree is another one. Please, don't plant that horrible tree!
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Highlander 12/9/2019 10:36:53 AM (No. 257021)
If I was a teenager in the 90's (I hadn't been one since '66, it's just how my daughter talked) I'd say that python skin football is totally rad! I wouldn't mind having one of those in my collection shelf.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 12/9/2019 10:49:50 AM (No. 257039)
Florida is getting destroyed, and not just snakes. A friend since freshman year of college (about 50 years ago) and I went on a canoe trip on the Santa Fe river last week. We really enjoyed the ibis feeding in the river, as many as fifteen large turtles hauled out and sunning on a log, repeated many times, and several huge wood storks. But my scientist friend, a botanist, water quality expert and research cave diver professionally, pointed out that the import of the ambrosia beetle from China, because the Chinese ignored laws requiring any wood products to be high temperature de-bugged, is probably going to entirely wipe out the various bay trees. The most commercial relative that is likely to suffer the same fate is the avacado tree. The beetles are apparently beyond stopping now, and carry a particular fungus which they farm under the bark of bay trees. After a period of the fungus flourishing by colonizing the vascular system, the tree dies, the beetle gets a lot of fungus to eat, and reproduce. Exotic pests are literally destroying much of the natural flora and fauna of Florida. I am a big fan of killing pythons, and any other exotics that we can. Hopefully some serious money can be diverted from ridiculous leftist causes into efforts to prevent and correct some of these exotic invasive species.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 12/9/2019 10:52:16 AM (No. 257043)
Oh, and once again, re: post #3, note that the bad guy in my story is China. International criminals, always.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Clinger 12/9/2019 10:57:51 AM (No. 257054)
I'm thankful that January's polar vortex and the - 20 deg f cold or what ever it was seems to have set the stink bugs back from my environs. I so want one of those balls. Too bad I'm still working to support the welfare state, I'd love to join the hunt.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Smart11344 12/9/2019 1:31:51 PM (No. 257240)
Add me to the list of non-supporters of the Superbowl.
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