90 pythons caught so far in 'Python Challenge'

9 days left for hundreds of Burmese Python hunters


Hunters turned over some 90 Burmese pythons to authorities during this season of the Python Challenge, according to the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Friday. 

The challenge was in effect in areas of the Florida Everglades National Park from Jan.16 to Feb. 14. Participants of the hunting competition had to complete a training and register to compete for prices ranging from $750 to $5,000. 

The large constrictor snakes prey upon native species and compete with them for food and space. At eight feet long, they become the park's top predator. The contest is meant to help control their population. 

Registration is $25 per participant or $75 for a group of 2 to 5 participants. For more information, visit the python challenge site or e-mail pythonchallenge@myfwc.com. 


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