Kristen Sommers of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the annual competition is part of a larger effort to control pythons.
“This is one of the management tools that we are using. So, it definitely helps remove pythons from the wild,” she said. “Every python matters. Every python that we can remove, and engage the public to help us in those removal efforts, is helpful.”
Estimates indicate tens of thousands of pythons could live in and around the Everglades.