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It’s no secret that South Florida is ground zero for invasive species hunting and fishing opportunities. Anglers have snakeheads and whatever else is swimming around and big-game hunters have giant pythons and boa constrictors, but what about upland and waterfowl hunters? Where’s their exotic hunting opportunity? Ask and ye shall receive. Meet the purple swamphen…

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From the story in the Miami Herald:
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State wildlife managers are considering including a nonnative bird called the purple swamphen in South Florida’s waterfowl hunting season. Although not dangerous to humans, it poses a major threat to Florida’s wetlands ecosystem. State officials say the large bird can easily harass a small one, and out-competes with native birds for food and shelter. A hunting posse killed over 3,000 swamphens in 2006, but no one knows how many are left. The bird has spread over the last 14 years from the man-made marshes of Broward County to Lake Okeechobee and beyond. Native to Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific islands, the chicken-sized swamphens got here by people setting them free in the Everglades._

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