Hunter Saves Deer From Python In Everglades

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OCHOPEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Jimmy Wilson was hiking through the swampy woods near Ochopee in rural Collier County this summer when he came upon an amazing sight.

Video posted by the Naples Daily News shows the hunter from Miami coming upon a huge python — a non-native invasive species overrunning the Everglades — that wrapped itself around a white-tailed deer. Both were lying still at his feet as he walked up, capturing the scene on cell phone video.

Wilson then starts firing his gun at the snake to get it to loosen its grip. 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.

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