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. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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