Florida Python Challenge Not Going So Well
Only 11 Burmese pythons found so far by 800 hunters
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2013 7:30 AM CST
A Burmese python is coiled around the arm of hunter Michael Cole during a news conference Monday, Feb. 22, 2010 in the Florida Everglades where the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission announced a special...   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – And they're off! Sort of. Florida's "Python Challenge" kicked off on Saturday, drawing 800 python hunters with big-snake and big-money dreams to southern Florida. But as the Daily Beast reports, the event hasn't exactly spelled doom for the creatures. By Monday, hunters had killed or captured 11—of the 1,500 believed to be out there. "It’s not like they’re hanging off of every tree," says one experienced hunter, who describes the pursuit as involving a lot of walking and looking at the ground. “For most people it gets pretty boring."

Consider his experience so far: "One day we went out for 12 hours and found nothing. The next day we went out again for 12 hours and the only thing we found was a desiccated python carcass. We covered over 30 miles in three days and 50 miles by boat." What's the allure? Love of the hunt, perhaps, and money: $1,000 to the hunter who kills the longest snake, and $1,500 to the person who snuffs out the most. He shares his trapping process with the Daily Beast; click to read more.

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1492
Jan 19, 2013 5:49 PM CST
Okay gang, here comes 1942......State of Florida wants to get serious about Python exterminating? Electrecute them. Everything must go. Pythons, alligators, other snake spiecies, fish, all forms of animal life. Powerful electrical charges into the wet ground around the swamps will do the trick. Make sure no humans are in the vicintity. Double sure. Triple sure. Before turning on the switch, do a Noah Ark. Keep two of everything. Electricity when turned off will leave clean healthy water as opposed to using chemicals. You will have to do this in every swamp in the Florida Glades. These Pythons will kill people by the numbers if left unchecked. Moreover, real estate values in the surrounding swamp areas will go worthless. Businesses will suffer. What the hell are you waiting for. Before you know it, you are going to have a lawsuit in your hands when one of these hunters dies of exposure and found with a python wraped around his neck... These 800 hunters, bless their soul, are in harms way. Should they get bitten by a poisonous snake was the trip worth it? I would be more inclined looking for deadly water mocassons (sp) than Pythons. There Mr. Jeb Bush or powers that be.....you can send a check into Newser...they have my name and call name of 1942.
Ultraworld
Jan 18, 2013 8:45 AM CST
They hunt would be more successful if they held it in the SUMMER. It was cold out there last night.
fractal
Jan 17, 2013 12:42 PM CST
The hunt would do a lot better if offered 10,000 dollars for the biggest, and 100 dollars for every python they find. Lot more people would participate, and it should not be that hard to raise the money.