For a month-long period early next year, the public will have the chance to compete for two prizes worth $1,000 and $1,500 in an effort to remove the invasive Burmese Python species from Florida’s wilds. The 2013 Python Challenge will entail an educational seminar for all registered hunters to help them identify the species and teach them how to kill the snakes humanely.
Hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC), the Python Challenge kicks off on January 12 at the University of Florida’s Davie campus, where a daylong open house will take place on Burmese Pythons and other invasive species. Hunting will commence afterward and conclude on February 10. Six days later, on Feb. 16, the winners will be announced at Zoo Miami. A $1,000 prize goes to the hunter who harvests the largest python while $1,500 is reserved for the hunter who bags the most snakes.
The competition is open to anyone. You do not have to be a resident of Florida, nor do you have to hold a hunting license (with the exception of participants under 18, who must hold a valid license).
“Part of the goal of the Python Challenge is to educate the public to understand why nonnative species like Burmese Pythons should never be released into the wild and…