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Hello. My name is STUPID

While they might possibly be qualified for useful work somewhere, State wildlife officials are clearly outside their field of expertise In West Palm Beach, Florida.

Perhaps that this is screamingly obvious to me is because I’m a genius.
Nope.

Maybe I’m more expert in wildlife than those with resumes and employment in that field.
Nope.

What if jobs granted as political favors had no penalties for bad decisions.
AH. A theory that fits the data.


… on to the news story that got me shaking my head …

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. โ€” Expert snake hunters snared 37 pythons in South Florida during a trial hunting season to eradicate the invasive species.

State wildlife officials granted 15 permits in July to snake experts. The program ended on Halloween but officials hope to start it again next year.

Meanwhile, hunters are still allowed to kill the snakes in designated areas.

The number of pythons in South Florida has exploded in the past decade to potentially tens of thousands. Scientists believe pet owners freed their snakes into the wild.

They also think some Burmese pythons may have escaped in 1992 from pet shops battered by Hurricane Andrew and have been reproducing ever since.

The pet pythons have been imported then subsequently introduced into an ecosystem they can thrive in. Allowed uncontrolled species growth, they will forever change that ecosystem with unknown losses and damages.

If we decide this is a bad thing, and I can agree it is, what steps should be taken?

An idiot would hand out 15 permits allowing designated experts to hunt snakes for a very limited period and consider that to be an effective strategy against “tens of thousands” pythons.

Tell you what, Florida: Put your state wildlife officials on unemployment, pay me the difference and I’ll issue a press release:

Florida Wildlife Official announces open season on pythons.
Hunters, hobbyists, homeowners and sportsmen are encouraged to kill, catch or otherwise dispose of any and all pythons they can find. The population of this invasive species is estimated to be in the tens of thousands and is on the verge of altering the Florida ecosystem forever. Python hunting derbies, contests and cookbooks are encouraged.