Florida's Challenge: $1K to Killer of Longest Python
State tries new tactic in bid to deal with invasive species
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 6, 2012 2:07 PM CST
A Burmese python is coiled around the arm of hunter in the Florida Everglades in this 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – Florida has an interesting way of dealing with the invasive Burmese pythons colonizing the Everglades: dangle cash prizes in front of would-be hunters. Next month's 2013 Python Challenge, run by the state wildlife commission, will award $1,000 to the hunter who kills the longest snake, and $1,500 to the person who snuffs out the most, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. You don't even need a hunting license to participate, unless you're under 18, but you do need to take an online training course that will teach you how to kill the snakes humanely.

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Dec 7, 2012 9:50 AM CST
Start the search on North Adams Street in Tallahassee...
Dec 7, 2012 6:49 AM CST
Soon to do the same with the Housewives if Miami?
Dec 6, 2012 10:40 PM CST
This will be a short lived exercise. Don't pythons eat humans?