Florida Launches ‘2013 Python Challenge’

Picture: CGrapes429 (PD): Burmese Python in Florida Everglades

Rednecks: When you absolutely, positively, got to kill every motherf*ckin’ python in the swamp, accept no substitutes.

Via CNN:

Burmese pythons have been threatening Florida’s ecosystem for years, so the state is turning to the public for help in the form of a hunting contest to cull the population.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced the 2013 Python Challenge beginning in January.
“We are hoping to gauge from the python challenge the effectiveness of using an incentive-based model as a tool to address this problem,” says Florida Wildlife Commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson.

A grand prize of $1,500 will be awarded to the person who kills the most pythons, and $1,000 will go to the person who bags the longest one. According to the rules, road kill will not be eligible.

Participants will pay a $25 registration fee and complete an online training course. The training focuses on safety while hunting pythons

Grab your AK-47 and get on down to the everglades.

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14 Comments on "Florida Launches ‘2013 Python Challenge’"

  1. Judging from the size of the snake on the CNN article, this might help curb the moron population in Florida at the same time. Win-win!

  2. I’m rooting for the pythons. Pythons only kill the weak members of the ecosystem!

  3. Hadrian999 | Dec 8, 2012 at 2:23 am |

    lots of amateurs hunting pythons in the swamp, that is a reality show i would watch

  4. alizardx | Dec 8, 2012 at 5:24 am |

    Why bother with a prize? Just post a bounty. Let the state take the heads and let the hunters do as they please with the meat and skin. Perhaps a market for python meat can be created. Anyone know what it tastes like?

    • Matt Staggs | Dec 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm |

      Chicken.

    • Hadrian999 | Dec 8, 2012 at 1:59 pm |

      they are cheap, they hope the smal amount of prize will spur a large amount of hunting without having to pay a bounty on every snake killed

      • alizardx | Dec 8, 2012 at 5:48 pm |

        Agreed. Note that if they combined the bounty with providing facilities to Hollywood for a reality show based on the entertaining antics of those attempting to collect that bounty, they could probably at least break even. Given that they’ve got a permanent ecosystem management problem, that really is the best they can do.

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