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Fifteen Hundred Hunters Catch Only Fifty Pythons

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 7:00am
Associated Press

In this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, a Burmese python is displayed at the kick-off ceremonies in Davie, Fla., for the 2013 "Python Challenge" organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Image: Associated Press, J. Carter, FileMore than 1,500 participants of a month long python challenge have helped to capture only 50 Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are continually updating the counts for the Python Challenge. The competition began January 12 and ends February 10.

The invasive snakes killed in the Everglades are processed and logged by Univ. of Florida researchers who examine each one hoping to learn more about the elusive species.

No one knows for sure how many pythons live in South Florida. Wildlife officials say eradicating pythons from the Everglades was never the goal of the challenge. Instead, they hoped to raise awareness about the snake's threat to native wildlife and the fragile Everglades ecosystem. The snake faces both state and federal bans.

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