Track down giant pythons for cash in Florida?

Updated 08 December 2012
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Track down giant pythons for cash in Florida?

WASHINGTON: Floridians keen to protect the fragile ecosystem of the Everglades will have their mettle tested next month as the wildlife service seeks help in eradicating the giant Burmese python.
The public has been asked to join in a month-long hunt for the invasive species, which, lacking natural predators, snacks on native birds, deer, bobcats and other large animals, some of them protected. Cash prizes as high as $ 1,500 will be up for grabs when Jan. 12 kicks off a month-long program of “harvesting” the giant snakes, organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
“Increasing public awareness about Burmese pythons and how this invasive species is a threat to the Everglades ecosystem, including native wildlife, is the goal of the 2013 Python Challenge,” a statement said.
The high-octane environmental challenge is open not only to “python permit holders” but also ordinary members of the public, the press release stipulated.

 


Police: Stalker broke into Taylor Swift’s NYC home, took nap

Updated 15 min 45 sec ago
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Police: Stalker broke into Taylor Swift’s NYC home, took nap

NEW YORK: Police say a stalker broke into Taylor Swift’s New York City townhouse and took a nap.
Police say officers investigating a reported break-in Friday found 22-year-old Roger Alvarado asleep in the pop star’s home in the Tribeca neighborhood.
Alvarado, of Homestead, Florida, was arrested on charges of stalking, burglary, criminal mischief and trespassing.
It’s not clear whether he has an attorney who can speak for him.
Alvarado was arrested at the same address on Feb. 13 on charges of breaking the front door with a shovel.
Swift was not home during Friday’s break-in.
The multiplatinum-selling recording artist has dealt with stalkers on both coasts.
Police said a Colorado man arrested April 14 outside a Beverly Hills home owned by Swift had a knife, a rope and ammunition.