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50 Pythons Caught So Far in Florida Python Challenge

The Florida Python Challenge ends Feb. 10. At this point, more than 800 registered hunters have caught 50 snakes.

The Florid Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Tuesday that as its month-long Florida Python Challenge winds down, 50 pythons have been caught so far.

The challenge ends Feb. 10. The pythons are being processed and logged by the University of Florida. 

“The 2013 Python Challenge is an unprecedented effort to focus public interest, support and direct involvement to help deal with Burmese pythons,” said FWC Chairman Kenneth Wright at the January kickoff news conference. “The FWC is pleased that so many people are joining this earnest effort to limit the impact of this invasive species on Florida’s diverse native wildlife. Floridians and people from all across the United States truly care about the Florida Everglades, and they are clearly eager to help us better understand and solve this problem."

According to the FWC, more than 800 people registered to compete in the 2013 Python Challenge, which is a competition to see who can bring in the longest and the most Burmese pythons from designated public lands in south Florida.

For competitors, the FWC said the challenge is to harvest the well-camouflaged Burmese python, which can grow to more than 17 feet in the wild in Florida, with the chance of winning prizes of up to $1,500.

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CJ February 10, 2013 at 05:48 PM
It sounds like all this hunt has done is to show even more how big this problem is. If they had that many hunters and only killed 50 Pythons...then we are in big trouble. Obviously the snakes are extremely hard to catch and kill. This hunt did not accomplish much. Too bad Tarzan is not available for hire.
CJ February 10, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Instead of a ''contest'' ''just'' for the biggest one, the most, etc...they need to ''also'' offer a bounty that pays for each and every Python that is brought in dead. I think the way they did this, it would make many of the hunters simply let a snake go on about it's way unless they thought it was big enough to possibly win a prise. After all...why mess with something that could kill you unless it was worth the effort. This was a fundemental error in how they did this..if indeed the purpose was to help eliminate them.

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