FWC announces 2016 Python Challenge

Photo courtesy Chris Gillette at ChrisGillette.com
Burmese python caught in the Everglades, file photo from Chris Gillette at ChrisGillette.com

FLORIDA (WFLA) – Florida officials have announced plans for a 2016 Python Challenge. The goal of the competition is to remove Burmese pythons from the Everglades.

The event “is a conservation effort that includes public outreach on invasive species and a month-long competition to remove Burmese pythons from public lands in Florida,” FWC said in a statement Tuesday.

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FWC hosted a similar challenge in 2013, however, this one will include a larger geographical area, including the Everglades National Park. The 2016 competition runs from January 16 to February 14. Participants can compete as individuals or as part of teams of up to five people.

“Burmese pythons continue to be a significant issue in the Everglades,” FWC Commissioner Ron Bergeron said in a statement. “We hope these efforts will increase sightings and removal of pythons over the long-term in this valuable ecosystem.”

Details about training events, the competition’s rules and prizes will be posted here once they are finalized.

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