Florida’s great snake hunt is coming back. The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this week was presented with plans for a month-long public hunt starting in mid-January.
South Florida’s Burmese Python hunt will return after all.
On Monday, a scientist announced that data from the first Python Challenge in 2013 didn’t do much to curb the invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades. This is bad news as Florida is on the verge of another hunt.
State biologists are concerned about another species of python, establishing itself in Florida. The African rock python is considered more aggressive than the Burmese pythons and can grow to 16 feet.
It looks like there won’t be a repeat of the Python Challenge next year. Last January, approximately 1,600 people took part in the hunt for Burmese pythons in the Everglades.
It took an extra day, but there’s a new winning snake in the state’s 2013 “Python Challenge.”
The 2013 Python Challenge ended Sunday night, wrapping up a month of competition in the Florida Everglades designed to help reduce the Burmese python population in South Florida.
The python challenge is in its final hours across the Florida Everglades for more than 1,500 people registered to hunt the huge snakes.
Motivated by cash and curiosity, more than 1,500 hunters are deep in the Everglades on a final push to dent the Burmese python population.
With less than a week to go in the month long “Python Challenge,” more than 1,500 hunters have bagged 50 Burmese pythons in the Everglades.