Python challenge

PETA Criticizes Python Challenge

Jan 6, 2016

Since 2013, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has involved the public in fighting the invasive Burmese python. But the animal rights group PETA is criticizing the effort.

FWC's facebook page

State wildlife officials are kicking off the 2016 Python Challenge to remove the invasive species from the Everglades next month. But, ahead of the month-long competition, they’re promoting a virtual contest that’s already underway.

Associated Press

Florida’s Python Hunting season is back, and the state has expanded the search for invasive Burmese Pythons into Everglades National Park.

Longest-Python Prize Awarded Twice Due To Mix-Up

Feb 18, 2013

Sixty-eight giant snakes. That’s how many hunters caught and killed during the Florida Python Challenge, which ended Feb. 10. A mix-up led to two hunters being awarded prize money for the longest snake.

Nearly 1,600 people from 38 states and Canada signed up for the Python Challenge. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission held the competition to help rid the Florida Everglades of invasive Burmese Pythons, a product of the exotic pet trade.

2013 Python Challenge Ends With More Education Than Snakes Caught

Feb 15, 2013

The Everglades Python Challenge is slithering to a close this weekend. And while all the attention over the past month focused on the hunt, the challenge was also a learning experience.

The official tally of Burmese pythons harvested won’t be announced until the big closing event Saturday. But counting python skins wasn’t the only purpose of the contest.

It's About Florida: Snakes In The Glades

Jan 18, 2013
Trimmel Gomes

Florida’s “Python Challenge” kicked off on Saturday, drawing 800 python hunters. We tag along with one member of the armed mob set out to tackle the infestation of Burmese pythons in the Everglades. Also, a recap of the highlights of the 28th Annual Everglades Coalition Conference.

Host: Trimmel Gomes

PETA Wants Decapitation Ban In Fla. Snake-Hunting Contest

Jan 10, 2013

The state of Florida is gearing up for a massive python hunting contest in the Everglades starting on Saturday. But an animal rights group is calling for the state to ban decapitation as a method of killing the giant snakes.

Decapitation is one of three lethal methods the state has authorized in the Python Challenge. The contest, which has cash prizes, is attracting hunters from all over the U.S. to help the state fight an infestation of non-native Burmese pythons.