In the Florida Everglades, a team of invasive species researchers got more than they bargained for – a 17-foot-long python, plus 73 developing python eggs.
On Friday, Big Cypress National Preserve announced in a post to Facebook that its team of researchers had discovered the largest python ever to be removed from the swamp.
For those unaware, pythons are a yuuuuge problem in the Everglades and in nearby communities. They're devouring all sorts of native species:
A 2011 study found that sightings of some of the python's favorite foods – rabbits, foxes, raccoons, white-tailed deer and opossums – have gone down by more than 90 percent in the Everglades, while python sightings have been on the rise.
The piece ends with this bit of supposed good news:
But the slippery serpents may have met their match in Big Cypress' research team. Between 2000 and 2009, more than a thousand pythons were captured and removed from Everglades National Park.
Color me cynical, but if one thousand pythons have been removed, yet there are still ones capable of eating gators and growing to 17 feet, I don't think the team has made significant progress at all...
It's the equivalent of bragging about drug busts; confusing winning one battle with the whole war.
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