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.