Lost Engines

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Santa’s sleigh ran a little slower after leaving Deernut’s house this year.

Cervid in Snake

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Pet owners have periodically released exotic snakes into the everglades of Florida. From releases like this, a Burmese Python population has established itself there and is growing dramatically in both the size of the population and the size of the snakes. Now some are big enough to start eating adult deer! This one happens to be an endangered Florida Key Deer. I believe that constitutes what they call “take” under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

From an AP news article:

AP – Fri, Oct 28, 2011
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK, FLA. (AP) — OFFICIALS IN THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES HAVE CAPTURED AND KILLED A 16-FOOT-LONG BURMESE PYTHON THAT HAD JUST EATEN AN ADULT DEER.

Scott Hardin, exotic species coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, says workers found the snake on Thursday. The reptile was one of the largest ever found in South Florida. Hardin says the python had recently consumed a 76-pound female deer that had died. He says “it was an important capture to help stop the spread of pythons further north.

Trophy Meat Hunter

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