The full title of this Live Science article is “Bounty Hunter Kills Gargantuan Burmese Python, Gets $375, Earns Our Undying Gratitude.” Although I understand that Burmese pythons are invasive species, I am never able to celebrate the death of an animal. Actually, I am horrified when I imagine the killing of this majestic specimen . […]

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Jenny Staletovich (Miami Herald) reports on the culling of invasive Burmese pythons, which have been reproducing at a quick rate since the 1980s in South Florida: Snake hunters for the South Florida Water Management District hit a major milestone when they bagged their 1000th Burmese python, before heading out and quickly catching eight more. On […]

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“Ravenous wild goats ruled this island for over a century. Now, it’s being reborn.” Michael Hingston (National Geographic, Science) writes about Redonda—an island belonging to Antigua—and its recovery process after the removal on invasive species. He writes, “The rocky island of Redonda, once stripped of its flora and fauna by invasive species, makes an astonishingly […]

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From The High Country News (Jolene Yazzie and Helen Santoro): New rules would weaken protections for plants and animals listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act The Trump administration is proposing several changes to the way the Endangered Species Act is implemented that would weaken the rules governing protections. One change targets species newly […]

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