Hundreds of Maniacs Sign Up To Hunt Pythons in the Everglades This Weekend

Categories: Environmental
Does slogging around a foreboding, swampy wilderness searching for man-hungry pythons that can grow longer than a city block sound like your idea of a fun weekend? For hundreds of people from around the country, the answer is a resounding yes.

More than 400 souls who have apparently never seen cinematic masterpiece "Anaconda" have already signed up for Florida's 2013 Python Challenge. Starting on Saturday, they'll compete for $1,000 for slaying the biggest invasive snake.

In a stroke of Hollywood brilliance, Florida is not requiring any of these would-be python killers to have hunting licenses or any experience at all handling snakes.

In fact, all they have to do to get the Sunshine State nod to go after the giant reptiles is to take a quick online training.

What could possibly go wrong?

Oh, that. Also, even if the snakes don't fell these scores of possibly ill-trained hunters, the Everglades themselves might just do the trick, some experts warn.

"Going out into the bush in Florida is a potentially dangerous thing to do," Stuart Pimm, a prominent Everglades scientist at Duke University tells the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "This is very, very rough terrain. Getting stuck out there without enough water could be a life-terminating experience."

But the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says it's totally got a handle on it, and will offer extra training on the ground for everyone coming to the Glades to hunt pythons this weekend.

Besides, someone's got to kill these things before they eat every mammal left in the wilderness. "People understand that this is a problem that needs to be dealt with and are very supportive and understand that these actions are warranted," Carli Segelson, an FFWCC spokeswoman, tells the Sun Sentinel.

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Well, sometimes you eat the snake and sometimes the snake eats you ?

Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

What could go wrong?   People could accept personal responsibility and that would piss of you liberals......Oh wait.  That is a good thing.



The python bounty program should be open year round and encompass ALL the Everglades, not just the four WMAs designated in the hunt.


@Anthonyvop1 Well, lots could definitely go wrong but I doubt it would be anything catastrophic. Not sure where the liberal comment fits here since everyone wants these invasive species out.

Besides, I really doubt the majority of the participants will have any experience tracking snakes. I'll be surprised if they get a few.

Anthonyvop1 topcommenter

@Bebep @Anthonyvop1 The extremely Liberal Author of the article takes offense that no license is needed and some "Scientist" who couldn't hack it in the real world and the free market so has to get a cushy job funded by Tax dollars seems to worry that free Americans might do his job better.

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