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Old October 17th, 2009 #77
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Typical government greed and stupidity: In January 2008, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission established new rules for people who own or exhibit wildlife. The new law requires anyone who wants to buy one of six reptiles, including Burmese pythons, to pay a $100 yearly fee and have a microchip implanted in the animal for tracking.

$100 a year? Microchip?

Estimates of the number of Burmese pythons living in the Everglades range from 30,000 to 150,000.

Who's the clown making these estimates?

Nelson introduced a bill last month that would ban the import of Burmese pythons after a Sumter County toddler was strangled by one in early July.

Typical politician. One irresponsible person = everyone losing their rights.

"There are no wild populations this far north, and there never will be," said Shawn Heflick, president of the Central Florida Herpetological Society in Winter Park. "It's too cold up here."

Common sense rears its ugly head and takes a vicious bite out of delicious made-for-tv disaster scenario.

Zarmati is one of only 13 licensed hunters permitted to do this on a volunteer basis. The results have been mediocre at best. Only 14 snakes have been caught since the hunt began. Of those, Zarmati said he caught six.

Government thinking and its finest. There are 150,000 pythons loose in Florida - an estimate with zero basis in reality. So, since there are one hundred fifty thousand gigantic pet and pet-owner-englutinating free-range nolegged monsters on the howl-n-prowl, we need to authorize a goodly number of giant killers, let us say...thirteen. And give them a month to complete their roundup. Result: .0000001 of the imaginary 150,000 snakes duly dispatched.