In the end, I decided it didn't really matter - that these new species were simply doing what all organisms do, which is to compete to survive and reproduce. The fact that they are doing so in a new ecological setting is just what evolution predicts.
Also, I found thought provoking this discussion of how some species are generalists, and some are specialists, and how Turkey vultures will probably inherit the Earth:
Therefore you shouldn't be doing this job. Is as simple as that
I had seen this "algorithm" dozens of times before
This is plain wrong and it must be repeated more. Please don't spread such ideas. Alien species are a problem both environmental and also economical of first order
This subverts totally the main reason for having this nature preserve, saving rare and valuable ecosystems (instead using the space for another cornfield).
this is a pretty incredible fact about pythons!
The risk of off-target killing should also be considered. A semi-autonomous solution would have the drone beam footage of the snake and await a kill order from Florida man. Yikes.
There were audible gasps when he mentioned that it’s thought the pythons are responsible for a 90% reduction in indigenous species over the past 20 years.
When I asked him what they’re doing about the problem, he didn’t seem to know much, so this article is both very timely and hugely enlightening!
It also suggests that this topic needs a lot more awareness.
I'll answer my own question:
No, no you can't because Burmese pythons have a very high mercury content.
“For some reason, the pythons that are coming out of here, they have mercury concentrations higher than mine waste, a mercury mine,” said Everglades superintendent Dan Kimball. “According to (USGS scientist Dave Krabbenhoft), they’ve never found anything that has this high of mercury levels that’s still alive. It is amazing.”
The snakes will hit the limit of their expansion.
The prey animals will develop ways to avoid the snakes.
The area will be forever changed, but just as alive as it was.
This will in turn evolve a fauna that is well adapted to change.
Regardless, pythons living in saltwater off the coast of Florida, has been added to my list of fears.
If you've never seen a large constrictor grab prey it's easy to dismiss them as slow and easily avoidable. But these strike with incredible speed, and can wrap themselves completely around their prey in a second or two. Then the squeezing starts... A knife or a gun is only helpful if you can reach it and use it quickly enough.
But, when not hungry, especially if digesting a large meal, they tend to hide, don't really move and are pretty much harmless.
So it really depends if the snake is in hunting mode or not.
A bunch of morones with more money then sense and an infantile itch to scratch, decided that importing predators from a different continent is s good idea and now the state of Florida is facing the consequences. Not a snappy headline, but this is what this is.
You're mistaken. The top heading differs from the title, but that's not unusual.