Most non-native species have harmful ecological effects; these are referred to as invasive species. Virtually all ecosystems are at risk from the harmful effects of introduced invasive species. Invasive species threaten biodiversity by (1) causing disease, (2) acting as predators or parasites, (3) acting as competitors, (4) altering habitat, or (5) hybridizing with local species.
The Burmese Python Invasion was caused by the introduction of Burmese Pythons into the Florida Everglades by citizens over a dozen or more years ago. While not introduced by government’s hand, they were still introduced indeed.
These introductions can have devastating consequences to our ecosystem. Burmese pythons have been found to feed on a wide variety of mammals and birds in the Everglades-even the occasional alligator! By preying on native wildlife, and competing with other native predators, pythons are seriously impacting the natural order of south Florida’s ecological communities. Invasive predators can severely reduce the population sizes of native species, or even drive them extinct!
Biologist Susan Jewell, with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, who studies injurious species that invade the U.S, says invasive species sometimes thrive in new places where they don’t have natural enemies. “It just shows what we don’t know about species when they get taken out of their native range and taken to a new area,” she says.
There have been Python hunts and trap neuter and release programs, while other eradication effort will soon continue in earnest. What I haven’t seen is a whole lot of marchers or python lovers coming to their rescue… I wonder why that is; could it be because they are not all that cute, warm soft and cuddly, like many on the pro wolf side see the wolves?
It is much easier to fall in love and march for a species that looks like this in every picture the activists post:
There really is no difference between the two; except for one is a reptile… a slithering snake, while the other is a cute fluffy wolfie~~pictures from Jack London stories start playing in the mind~~ BOTH are INVASIVE SPECIES! Why you ask? What did we learn about non-native species in the very beginning?
An invasive species is defined legally in the USA as “An alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health…‘Alien species’ means, with respect to a particular ecosystem, any species…that is not native to that ecosystem.”
This is the reality I have had to face, after trying to ignore it for a long time. How can this beautiful majestic creature, the McKenzie Valley Wolf, be considered a pest, vermin or an invasive species? Because it is an introduced non-native species, the science is very clear and there are no exceptions. The bigger question that I want an answer to is: How did our own wildlife experts get it so wrong? With all available data on introduced species available at their fingertips, they introduced a non-native species anyway, setting it up to be slaughtered… Why?
Burmese Python Invasion vs. Introduced Canis Lupus Occidentalis