Meet the women hunting giant pythons ‘eating everything’ in the Everglades
The venomous pythons are in the Everglades. As of this week, they killed more than 250 people and destroyed hundreds of homes. But the cause of the rampage is far more complicated.
As it turns out, these particular pythons aren’t just eating people. They’re eating the Everglades.
I sat inside the truck as Jeff and his team of volunteers moved the giant pythons onto a flatbed truck. They had to take out one of the larger ones in order to get it inside.
We drove past the largest snake-egg-bearing trees the Everglades has ever seen. This is where we believe the pythons are most prolific. After I left the truck, I asked a group of hunters, what they think about this particular problem.
“How should we stop this?” one hunter said. “People are still going to get killed.”
How did he feel about this whole situation?
“It’s very dangerous,” he said. “You’ve got snakes in the water and on land. No one wants to get eaten.”
This is what I’ve learned from the most shocking of my interviews – the men and women hunting these giant snakes, the people who are trying to stop them. They are the Everglades’ most passionate environmentalists, who are doing everything they can to protect their ecosystem, in their own way.
As we left, one of the hunters asked me to come back the next day for their first snake hunt of the season. When I got off the truck, I got a few more reactions from them.
The hunters are not the ones making the decisions about whether or not they want to hunt these snakes. If it were up to the Everglades’ environmentalists, they’d be gone in a week.
“They need to understand that this is a serious wildlife problem, not just a snake problem,” Jim