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Open season on the Everglades pythons

My name is Colin Alston and I was raised in Carlisle and went to Saint Aidan's school.

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Colin Alston

After leaving school I went to Carlisle tech college to train as a joiner after being hired as an apprentice joiner with Border engineering home builders in the mid 70s.

After working around the area for them and various other building companies I went self employed before wanting a change of lifestyle.

So, after selling my house on Hartington Place, I left Carlisle with a parachute winch boat I had bought after seeing the idea on 'Tomorrow's World' and travelled through Europe with it to work the boat in south Turkey on the Meditteranean for the summer.

After applying to the Lake District planning board and being turned down to work the boat on Lake Windermere, I decided to ship it to the USA.

I have been in the USA since the spring of 1991. I had the boat for a few years and used to work it somewhere on the east coast up north in the summer and then somewhere down south during the winter . . . usually Florida . . . following the sun and tourists.

I am still in Florida without the boat and right now it is “open season” on the pythons in the Florida Everglades.

They are literally taking over the everglades and breeding like wild fire after people had them as pets and set them free or they escaped.

They say it is perfect breeding grounds for them, so the state of Florida has opened up hunting them.

Cash prizes are being given for the largest python caught or whom ever catches most . . . so I need to get back to hunting . . . LOL

Tara 4 now . . . Col


By Colin Alston
Published: February 8, 2013


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