NYDailyNews Miami hunter Jimmy Wilson was hiking through the swampy woods near Ochopee in rural Collier County this summer when he came upon an amazing sight. Wilson saw a huge python — a nonnative invasive species overrunning the Everglades — had wrapped itself around a white-tailed deer, The Naples Daily News reported Sunday. Both were lying still at his feet as he walked up, capturing the scene on cell phone video. In the video, Wilson utters an expletive and starts firing his gun. After the first of several shots, the snake slithers off. Wilson eventually kills it. Wilson then coaxes the deer into running off. Wilson’s video doesn’t show the deer jumping back to life, but movement can be heard in the brush as Wilson reports the outcome.
This Florida hunter was hiking through the woods when he stumbled upon the surprise of a lifetime, a massive python which was able to take down a deer, and was constricting the deer with the intent of eating it. The hunter shot the invasive snake, causing it to break its death grip on the deer, and according to the hunter he was eventually able to revive the deer (which was in shock) and it ran back into the woods. The Hunter says he also killed the snake, which is good news, because invasive populations of pythons are decimating populations of Florida’s native wildlife. We have seen pythons eating alligators in Florida and vice versa, as the former natural apex predator has been at least partially overthrown by an invasive apex predator, and we have seen wild invasive pythons up to nineteen feet long captured in Florida which are large enough to be a threat to humans. So many Floridians released their pet pythons into the wild when they were no longer able to care for them, that they have established a breeding population that is impossible to control, there is a new apex predator in the sunshine state which is decimating populations of native wildlife and also large enough to be a threat to humans. Nice job, Florida.
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