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Invasive Species

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02 Feb: Irula tribesmen chase pythons in the Everglades

Renown for their snake-hunting abilities, the Irula tribesmen of India have been hired by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to help hunt and remove Burmese pythons from various areas, including the Everglades.  Within a week, they were able to catch 13 pythons.  FWC hopes that they may be able to learn new methods…

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18 Jan: Two new virus-carrying tropical mosquitoes discovered in South Florida

South Florida’s Zika-spreading, dengue-transmitting mosquito population just got a little more crowded. Two new tropical mosquitoes capable of carrying viruses dangerous to humans have been discovered in Homestead and Florida City by University of Florida researchers. The mosquitoes — native to Central and South America and the Greater Antilles — likely arrived on plants, spread…

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13 Jan: Wild Kingdom: Python beats alligator in epic showdown

WARNING:  CONTAINS IMAGES WHICH SOME PEOPLE MAY FIND DISTURBING. A reporter for the Palm Beach Post who was biking in Big Cypress National Preserve recorded the moment when the two reptiles started a battle for their survival. The event occurred on December 21, 2016. It’s estimated that the snake could be up to 15 feet…

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01 Jan: Florida’s got invasive fish. Now there’s an app for that

Florida is turning to an unlikely ally in the fight against invasive fish: Swedish software engineers. On Tuesday, state and U.S. wildlife officials announced a new partnership with Fishbrain, a fishing app developed by a Swedish fisherman that lets fellow anglers share fishing conquests and prattle on endlessly about fly patterns and tidal fluctuations, without…

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12 Oct: Pythons stake out new territory: the Florida Keys

For the first time, wildlife officials have found Burmese pythons breeding in the Florida Keys, bad news for disappearing Key Largo woodrats, cotton mice and other small mammals consumed by the voracious snake. On Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported that three hatchlings were found over three weeks in August in North…

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17 Sep: Keys bees suffer from pesticide used to kill Zika mosquitoes

Aerial spraying of the the controversial pesticide Naled definitely kills mosquitoes, as it has for decades in the Florida Keys. Naled also kills bees caught outside the hive along with many other beneficial insects, say Keys beekeepers. “It’s not a fun sight to find 20 to 30 dead bees below each entrance” to a hive,…

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16 Sep: Voracious tegus on the move in South Florida

A voracious South American reptile invading marshes in Miami-Dade County might have staked a claim in new territory: Florida Power & Light’s cooling canals at Turkey Point. Since the spring, researchers for the first time have trapped four tegus near the 5,900-acre grid of canals, a dangerous sign that the egg-eating predators have been drawn…

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04 Sep: Mosquitoes test positive for Zika in South Beach

Mosquitoes trapped in South Beach have tested positive for Zika, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services reported on Thursday — providing the first conclusive proof that insects in the U.S. are carrying the virus. Three positive mosquito samples were found inside a 1.5-square-mile zone of Miami Beach where Zika is actively spreading. One…