Florida Will Give Hunters Another Shot at Pythons in 2016

April 15, 2015 12:53 PM

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Florida Will Give Hunters Another Shot at Pythons in 2016

Python hunters, it’s time to clean out your boots. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has indicated that it will be bringing back its “Python Challenge” hunt in 2016, which is tentatively scheduled for next January. The agency first held the python hunt in 2013, drawing more than 1,500 hunters to the Everglades in the search for invasive snakes, and officials are hoping to do so again. The target of the hunt, Burmese pythons, have become firmly entrenched within the Everglades and are now causing widespread ecological damage. The python hunt would offer officials a way to cull the population and promote awareness of the large predators.

“We’re really in the very preliminary stages of planning this,” Kristen Sommers, the FWC’s Exotic Species Coordination Section Leader, told the Sun-Sentinel. “We feel the first one was a success. We were able to educate the public and remove Burmese pythons. We just felt it was time to bring it back...

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