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Kill This Constrictor: Florida to Open Burmese Python Hunting Contest

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December 07, 2012
Kill This Constrictor: Florida to Open Burmese Python Hunting Contest - 3

Florida is overrun with pesky invasive species, and Burmese pythons might be the worst of the lot. To address the state's rampant constrictor problem, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced a python hunting contest with cash prizes starting next month.

The 2013 Python Challenge kicks off January 12 and lasts until mid-February. The inaugural competition will accept pythons harvested from four wildlife management areas in south Florida, including the Everglades. Past efforts to control the exotic population included snake-sniffing dogs, GPS-tagged "Judas" snakes, and licensed reptile hunters, according to the Bellingham Herald.

The contest offers two participant categories, one of which is designated for serious python hunters with existing permits. The other category is open to the general public after a $25 entry fee and a brief online snake-identification course. Each bracket offers a $1,500 prize for the most Burmese pythons captured and a $1,000 prize for the longest python.

Apart from eliminating some of the scaly pests, the contest aims to raise public awareness about invasive constrictors. FWC officials also hope to learn more about the size and range of the current population. All participants must submit data sheets with each kill, and permit holders are required to submit additional GPS tracklogs from their hunt.

To register online, visit PythonChallenge.org.

 

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from peteyraymond wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

If rattlesnake tastes like chicken, python must taste like pheasant!

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from GuyGene wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

6phunter, that is exactly what I was thinking! Somebody make them tasty, have a year round season on them. No matter what, I'm for killin' the rascals! I loathe all these so-called exotic animals and plants that are taking over America.

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from 6phunter wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

THEY NEED TO COME UP WITH A RECIPE FOR THESE SLITHERING MORSELS .

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from 6phunter wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

THEY NEED TO COME UP WITH A RECIPE FOR THESE SLITHERING MORSELS .

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from GuyGene wrote 1 year 32 weeks ago

6phunter, that is exactly what I was thinking! Somebody make them tasty, have a year round season on them. No matter what, I'm for killin' the rascals! I loathe all these so-called exotic animals and plants that are taking over America.

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from peteyraymond wrote 1 year 31 weeks ago

If rattlesnake tastes like chicken, python must taste like pheasant!

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