‘Python challenge’ draws hundreds
BIG CYPRESS NATIONAL PRESERVE, Fla. – An armed mob set out into the Florida Everglades on Saturday to flush out a scaly invader.
It sounds like the second act of a sci-fi horror flick but, really, it’s pretty much Florida’s plan for dealing with an infestation of Burmese pythons that are eating their way through a fragile ecosystem.
Almost 800 people signed up for the monthlong “Python Challenge” that started Saturday. The vast majority – 749 – are members of the general public who lack the permits usually required to harvest pythons on public lands.
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