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Florida Starts Python-Hunting Contest, Risks Lives

Floridians, get those machetes ready: Snake-hunting season is around the corner.

In an effort to reduce the out-of-control, invasive burmese python population, the Florida and Wildlife Conservation Commission has announced the four-week 2013 Python Challenge. A $1,500 grand prize will be awarded to the Floridian who kills the most pythons.

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The pythons, native to Southeast Asia, have destroyed nearly 99 percent of fox, bobcat, and possum populations in the Everglades, according to a study published earlier this year. The pythons are thought to have been brought to the States as pets and then released into the wild, leading to a population in the tens of thousands.

Participants will pay a $25 entrance fee and take an online training course to enter the hunt on Jan. 12. For Florida's sake, let's hope this ends in more snake deaths than human deaths

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