20 Jan '13, 2am

Invasive Python Hunt In Florida Ineffective, Only 21 Caught So Far

Invasive Python Hunt In Florida Ineffective, Only 21 Caught So Far

The “2013 Python Challenge” was recently begun in order to hopefully cut down on the number of incredibly invasive Burmese pythons living in the Florida Everglades. The competition, sponsored by The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, began on January 12, 2013, but so far has resulted in the death of very few pythons, only 21. The competition, which lasts until February 16th, was designed to drum up public interest by offering cash prizes, $1500 to the hunter that catches the most and $1000 to the hunter that catches the biggest one. There are an estimated 15,000 – 180,000 pythons in the Everglades, and very likely on the high end of that estimate. They are found throughout all of the Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, and have been seen far north of the parks’ boundaries. They effect that they have had on native wildlife is enormous. “...

Full article: http://planetsave.com/2013/01/19/invasive-python-hunt-in-...

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