Target: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Goal: Commend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for implementing a contest open to the public to hunt Burmese pythons, a very invasive species.
Burmese pythons have been devastating Florida’s ecosystem for years. Florida officials are taking action to control the problem in a perhaps unconventional way. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has launched the Python Challenge: a Burmese python hunt open to the public. The Burmese python is devastating rabbit, fox, possum, and bobcat populations in the Everglade National Park in Florida. Commend Florida for taking action to regulate python populations which have increasingly grown out of control.
The Burmese python originates in Southeast Asia, and is believed to have made its way into the Everglades National Park in Florida as pets released into the wild. The Everglades National Park is the perfect climate for the pythons to thrive. Thus the population escalated, and the invasive species grew. Now, there are expectantly tens of thousands of pythons living in the Everglades, though officials do not know an exact number. One thing that is certain is the amount of wildlife that has diminished due to the pythons. Rabbits, foxes, raccoon, possums, and bobcats have all significantly disappeared. The snakes are preying on endangered wildlife as well, such as the Key Largo wood rat and the wood stork.
The contest encourages the public to get out and help control the python population, using the grand prize as extra incentive. The participant who kills the most pythons will be awarded $1,500 and the person who kills the longest python will receive $1,000. The contest is open to all; however, participants must complete an online training course that focuses on safety while hunting.
Officials report the Burmese python problem to be getting more and more out of control. The pythons are difficult to find, making their population difficult to control. The contest aims to raise public awareness and gain extra hands to help control the problem. It will also educate the public about Burmese pythons and their negative impact on Florida. The contest will also alert the public on the importance of responsibly caring for exotic pets, and making sure owners do not release the pythons into the wild.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission emphasizes that the snakes will be killed in a humane way. The contest’s website has a list of many ways to kill the pythons that ensure the snake immediately loses consciousness. Sign this petition and support the Burmese python challenge, and the efforts to control the invasive species.
Dear Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission,
I would like to express my support for the 2013 Python Challenge. The Burmese python is not native to Florida, and is destroying the ecosystem. Rabbits, foxes, raccoon, possums, and bobcats have all significantly disappeared. The snakes are preying on endangered wildlife as well, such as the Key Largo wood rat and the wood stork. The problem is growing more and more out of control and engaging the public will provide a much needed extra hand. The contest has provided safety training for those who wish to participate, and emphasizes humane ways to kill the pythons. This contest is a great way to raise awareness on the severity of the Burmese pythons negative impact on Florida’s ecosystem.
Thank you for taking action now and implementing the Python Challenge to regulate the python population that has gotten increasingly out of control.
[Your Name Here]
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