Move to Florida and get your python hunting license but look out for GMO mosquitoes
An exploding python population has gotten to the point where Florida apparently felt it had to act. Recently it had been reported that a python swallowed an adult deer. One of these snakes also strangled a baby while it was in it’s crib. Yes, the sunshine state has a big snake problem.
The snakes come from southeast Asia and have made their way to Florida. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of these slithering creatures in the state. They can grow to 17 feet and weigh over 150 pounds. The state of Florida has decided the best way to get rid of them is to hold a hunt. Yes, a Florida citizen will now be able to get a python hunting license by paying a fee and taking a state approved course. My question is, will an online course be able to turn an anxious snake hunter want-to-be into someone qualified to hunt snakes with a machete or firearm in alligator territory? Hey, it’s a state of Florida idea, how can it turn out badly?
Florida is even offering prizes for the best snake hunters. The suggested way to kill these predators is to cut off, or shoot them in the head. I think you have to save your heads to collect your cash prize. Prizes will be awarded to the hunters that kill the most pythons and of course, the largest snake. The hunt starts January 12th and lasts just short of a month.
The state of Florida has another problem that arrived on its shores from a far away land. A non-native mosquito that carries the dengue fever virus is on the rise. There have been nearly 100 cases of human dengue fever infection in the past few years. Because this particular mosquito is good at hiding under things like leaves, Florida’s usual mosquito control method of widespread spraying of pesticides by aircraft won’t work on these pests.
Florida’s plan is to release hundreds of thousands of genetically modified mosquitoes. These “frankensquitoes” have been altered so that when they mate with the problem insects, the offspring will have birth defects and die. The state of Florida is awaiting approval Federal approval from the FDA to begin the “experiment”. Again, how could this turn out badly?