PORT ST. LUCIE (CBSMiami) – When cats began disappearing in Port St. Lucie, many residents were concerned.

Turns out, they had a good reason to be worried.

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A massive python was feasting on the cats.

Police were called to find the 12-foot-long, 120 pound Burmese python in a bush next to a dead cat.

The snake was wrangled up.

Pythons are an invasive species in South Florida and have been taking over the Everglades.

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Biologists are concerned they could wipe out an entire ecosystem if not gotten under control quickly.

Watch the report, click here.

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