Hunters search for burmese pythons on last day of challenge

50 snakes have been captured so far

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THE EVERGLADES, Fla. - The Great Florida Python Challenge ends tonight at midnight.

On February 16th, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold an awareness and awards ceremony at Zoo Miami. The event is free and open to the public. There FWC officials will announce who caught the most and longest burmese pythons. There will also be exhibits and activities highlighting Everglades conservation efforts.

More than 1,500 participants of a month-long python challenge have helped capture 50 Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades.

FWC officials said Friday that the tally of pythons killed in the Python Challenge is holding at 50. That number hasn't changed since Tuesday.

On Thursday, two python hunters suffering from heat and exhaustion were rescued by helicopter in the Everglades.

The hunt began Jan. 12. State officials hope to raise awareness about the threats invasive species pose to native wildlife. University of Florida researchers are examining the snake carcasses.

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