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Money Python: Florida Contest Offers Rewards In 2013 Everglades Python Hunt 132

Posted by samzenpus
from the badger-badger-badger-badger-mushroom dept.
Press2ToContinue writes "Dubbed the Python Challenge, the month-long contest will award $1,000 for the longest python and $1,500 for the most pythons caught between Jan. 12 and Feb. 10 in any of four hunting areas north of Everglades National Park and at the Big Cypress National Preserve. Pythons have been spreading through the Everglades for years, posing a threat to the sensitive ecosystem by preying on native species. Some estimates put their number in the tens of thousands. Last year, 272 pythons were removed from the wild, state figures show."
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Money Python: Florida Contest Offers Rewards In 2013 Everglades Python Hunt

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 09, 2012 @04:53PM (#42236165)

    They should just put a bounty on the snakes like they used to do for wolves and mountain lions. $10 for each snake brought in would make an industry out of killing them. If we can drive species to extinction for profit surely we can eliminate these snakes. Make=ing it legal to sell snake meat would help too.

  • by sorensenbill (1931240) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @04:54PM (#42236171)
    Made me think of the puzzle website I went through while learning the programing language. Any puzzle lovers out there interested can find it here http://www.pythonchallenge.com/ [pythonchallenge.com] It can be done with little or no knowledge of the language as long as you don't mind reading the docs.
  • by SternisheFan (2529412) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @05:20PM (#42236407)
    Why do people own exotic pets when they're only going to abandon them when they inevitably grow larger? In Long Island, N.Y., we've recently had a couple weeks where alligators have been turning up. http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/08/nation/la-na-nn-alligator-new-york-20121008 [latimes.com]

    "Those beasts paled in comparison to Ming the tiger, who was discovered living in a Manhattan apartment in 2003. Ming's owner, Antoine Yates, unwittingly alerted police to the tiger's existence when he showed up at a hospital with deep bite marks on his leg. Hospital officials didn't believe the story that a dog had caused the bite. When police went to check Yates' apartment, they heard growling through the door." Cops also found (what else?) an alligator in the guy's apartment.

  • Next up: lion fish! (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Chewbacon (797801) on Sunday December 09, 2012 @07:07PM (#42237219)
    They're invading our waters, more importantly reef habitats. The bigger fish haven't recognized them as prey yet as they gobble up all the smaller fish. My local dive shop is paying $5 a head for them and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation has issued an open season for them, no fishing license required. Good eatin from what I've heard. Tastes like hogfish, just use a paralyzer tip and cut the spines off without poking yourself.

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