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Florida looking for a few good python hunters

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Are you a hunter looking for an extra special challenge this year, something you can really get wrapped up in, so to speak?

Then it’s time to head to Florida, and we’re not talking about putting a target on particularly large mice that may be wandering the state, but Burmese pythons, an invasive species threatening the Everglades ecosystem that can reach up to 17+ feet long.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering $1500 to the person who kills the most snakes and $1000 for the largest in the four wildlife management areas specified (and roadkill doesn’t count). Entrants of the 2013 Python Challenge must be over 18 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian and the animals must be humanely killed in the field.

Though hunting an animal that can cause serious damage with a bite or squeeze may seem like a rather risky endeavor that would require years of training, to receive a permit, the only requirement is completing a thirty-minute online course and paying the $25 entrance fee.

The competition begins on January 12 and runs to February 10, offering a full month of fun as only Florida can provide.

Full story at 2013 Python Challenge via Scientific American.

Weird science.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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