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Monday, 18 February 2013 21:29

Florida Python Hunt Ends with a Release

We at Shotem and Caughtem just heard this news and had to report on it.  Not sure why they would think this would work but let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

A new prize in the Florida Python Challenge has been announced and everybody wins.

The two men who caught the giant Burmese Python collected a $1,000 prize. The giant snake was released back into the Everglades And Florida wildlife experts expect the python -- outfitted with a pair of transmitters -- to show them where to find the thousands of snakes hiding in the wild and lead them breeding females.

Two other pythons were also implanted with transmitters and sent back into the wild.

"It's breeding time and females attract males and we have three eager young lads sitting out there with radio transmitters on them who can lead us to the breeding female and we can catch her," Frank Mazzotti, professor of wildlife at the University of Florida who helped organize the challenge, told ABC News.

The Florida Python Challenge ended on this weekend with the round up of a mere 68 snakes. Officials held the snake hunt because the pythons have multiplied into the thousands in the Everglades and have become a threat to native species.

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Friday, 08 February 2013 14:42

Python Hunt Ends in the Florida Everglades

This Sunday marks the end of the well publisized hunt for the Burmese pythons that have over taken the Florida Everglades which started Jan. 12th.  Unfortunately, leading up to this weekends close only 50 snakes have been captured or killed out of a population that is said to be well over 150,000 animals.  Wildlife biologists say the troublesome invaders, which are notoriously evasive and have no known predators in Florida, have become a major pest and pose a significant threat to endangered species like the wood stork and Key Largo wood rat.  The state wildlife agency was offering prizes for the Python Challenge of $1,500 for the most pythons captured or killed as part of the hunt and $1,000 for the largest python. The prizes are due to be announced at an awards ceremony set for Feb 16.  A Burmese python found in Florida last year set a record as the largest ever captured in the state, at 17 feet, 7 inches. The snake weighed nearly 165 pounds (75kg).  We would love to see some of the catches posted to our Caughtem wall so that we could start a dialogue about your experience on the hunt.  
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