Floridians Capture and Kill a Whopping 68 Pythons

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February 18, 2013 2:08 PM by Smash

Python Capture

CNN – They can reach lengths of 18 feet and their numbers are estimated to be in the tens of thousands, but Burmese pythons, a nuisance in the Everglades, aren’t easy to find.

“It’s an amazing challenge to try to come out and hunt these big snakes,” hunter Dennis Jordan told CNN Miami affiliate WSVN in the closing days of the 2013 Python Challenge sponsored by state officials.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Saturday that 68 Burmese pythons were killed during the January 12-February 10 competition that drew 1,600 registrants lured by prizes of up to $1,500.

Though the take was small, wildlife officials said their main aim was heightening public awareness of the invasive species.

A while back, we wrote about the python hunting contest Florida was having to try and control the growing python problem. Well whaddaya know? They only found and killed 68. 1,600 registrants found 68…that’s 0.04 per person. I’d say it was a real successful campaign huh?

I like how they say their main aim was to heighten public awareness. Right. That’s like a basketball team getting blown out 101-2 and say their goal was to score 1 basket. Just because it was a complete failure doesn’t mean you can change the reason for the hunt. Reading things like this really makes me miss Steve Irwin. Guy would have had ever single python in Florida in a choke hold by now.

Welp, Florida failed to try and get me to go back. You had one job: take out a shitload of pythons and you failed. Everyone might as well start packing. We’re gonna have to nuke the state soon.

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