The Great Burmese Python Challenge: How Many Can You Kill?

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One month from now, something very unusual -- and very, very Florida -- will occur in the Everglades, representing a metaphoric clash of man and beast: the Burmese python challenge. Its requests are simple. Kill as many snakes as you can.

No, no, no. Don't worry. You don't need a hunting license or anything. Just your wits and, if possible, a sharp object. Preferably a giant knife for decapitating purposes. Bring the kids! Make this a family day. There are indeed educational opportunities to be had. The day of the challenge, January 12, will also feature a tutorial on how to "dispatch" the vermin, which apparently requires much wrangling and, ultimately, one dead giant snake.

Many of the specifics haven't been ironed out, said Carli Segelson, spokesperson for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. As in: Just how, specifically, will a bunch of hunters trap and kill the animals? Is this dangerous? Does this event somehow channel the Florida ethos?

"I don't even know how to answer that," she said.

Instead we talked a great deal about dead snakes. And that the only good Burmese python is, in fact, a dead Burmese python.

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And let's not coddle the snake. Its mass slaughter couldn't be more necessary, Segelson said. Over the past generation, the Burmese python -- an invasive species -- has decimated the Everglades' natural fauna. It has gobbled up millions of other animals unique to their environs.

And now, it's time to fight back. With knives and shotguns and something Segelson called a "captive bolt," which Wikipedia translates to a "device used for stunning animals prior to slaughter."

It apparently works thusly:

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So mark your calenders, grab yo' huntin' knife, and get into the Everglades. The person who snares the largest snake will collect a grand prize of $1,500. And think of all the captive bolts you could buy with that.



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gilbreath6
gilbreath6

Sign me up. When they get around to the hoggs and cats sign me up again! Lmao. What does cat taste like?

steve4940
steve4940

The tone of this article is utterly disgusting. Terrance McCoy makes this whole killing thing to be a joke. However it just makes him look like a joke instead. This may help control the berm population but safeguards should be made. Any native or non-berm snake killed will result in a heavy fine. All snake skins will be sold with 100% of the money going to everglade habitat restoration. All snake meat will be sold to local restaurants with 100% of the money going to everglade habitat restoration.

killallthesnakes
killallthesnakes

This is what I recommend for you wonderful people that think this massive and deadly snakes is not an issue.  You should all go into Everglades national park and take the snake bight trail.  When you are near the end of the trail towards the water, lay down on the trail for a couple of hours and see if you either get attacked by a Python or a Crocodile.  If you do and are killed, it will make the world a better place for people that don't want their homes invaded or pets killed by this massive snake.

txtuneman
txtuneman

what a sorry excuse for a news story,what if we head out to your streets and start killing all the stray dogs and cats that walk around the city's.there would be a public outcry.charges brought against anyone who did such a act.but scene its a reptile  its ok.where's peta when the snakes blood is all over your hands.

osborneracing1
osborneracing1

hay Terrence McCoy u got brain damage or what? I've never seen such a stupid journalist that doesn't know how to write much less learn about what you are writing  about. guess this news company only hires idiots.

MegF
MegF

I'm thinking that there will be a whole lot of dead indigenous snakes and not too many burms......most people couldn't tell the difference between a rat snake and a burmese....I predict a whole lot of wholesale carnage of the very species they are trying to save....indigenous wildlife. Can't wait to see the dead, protected Indigos....they're big....how about that dangerous pine snake? Ooooops, we thought it was a burm....oh the watersnake and cottonmouth weren't it either? Dang.....What are people thinking? I thought this was a spoof, but evidently not!  The people tramping about the Everglades pose a greater danger to indigenous species than any burm....who by the way...are NOT responsible for the loss of small animals in the Everglades. That piece of erroneous "science" was retracted some time ago.

atalbert4
atalbert4

The way this article is written is absolutely disgusting, this is not journalism, this is a bias, uneducated glorification of violence. Material like this should -never- be in a legitimate news article. 

  Invasive, alien species are a big problem, most especially in Florida were the environment makes for a near perfect climate for huge amounts of exotics. The burmese not even being CLOSE to the most harmful of which. You could easily replace the word burmese in this article with cat, boar, dog, ect, however if you did people would be waving pitchforks for this persons job because they made light of wanton slaughter of cute animals. I absolutely agree with the hunting of alien species, however this should be done with a measure of respect and understanding. These animals did not ask to be brought here, they did not bring about the series of events that caused them to be freed into the glades and they have not done nearly as much damage as the fear mongering would have people believe. You do not have to think theyre cute, you do not have to like them, but from a professional stand point you and this business should be absolutely ashamed by the absolute glorification of uneducated slaughter and violence of a living thing that is not any more inclined to be malicious than any other wild animal.

osborneracing1
osborneracing1

they should kill all the winter Floridians instead! i am totally  totally against this horrific act of inhumanity. and the author of this article should be the one ashamed of his inhumanity and ignorance

cobra-1982
cobra-1982

Cats are a far bigger problem! Spare the burms kill the cats ;-)

cherokeerose883
cherokeerose883

the problem with the burms isn't as bad as they are making it out to be and the number of burms out there is a lot less then they are lying about!! your right the hogs should be their main focus not the burmese python!

cherokeerose883
cherokeerose883

no need to be an asshole! just stating facts!! your just as ignorant as the ones going out to MURDER these snakes!!!

cherokeerose883
cherokeerose883

this is the problem with our world today. killing is much easier for people!! This is disgraceful in every way, and you should be a shamed for writing such a horrific article. the parents of these kids they are allowing to go out and kill these animals shouls be a shamed as well!!!!!

cherokeerose883
cherokeerose883

This is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard. There is a muchbigger problem with Ferel hogs and the Gambian pouch rat then theBurmese python. Lets teach our kids to murder innocent animals!! Peopleneed to learn how to live with wild life, instead lets destroy them. Theproblem isn't as bad as the media and politicians are making it out tobe. I much rather take the head of a lying dirty politician then aninnocent animal

justsomedude
justsomedude

So when does the feral hog hunt begin since that's needed much more than any python hunt? Oh, and folks, better leave your kids home for that one, they may not come back alive otherwise!

buckhoover500092
buckhoover500092

I hope Chaney goes out there with you guys so one of you get shot. Killing of the invasive species is good but joking about genocide dont cut it.

buckhoover500092
buckhoover500092

This is why I dont consider most Floridians my fellow Americans. 

ma_junior117
ma_junior117

What is wrong with you for writing this? This is the most ignorant, hate filled, fear mongering article I have ever read. You should be ashamed of yourself.

ora_rob
ora_rob

Did they not state at the hearing that their "75" official python hunters caught "45" this last season and one of the reasoning for the Burmese ban was a bird that is not native to florida anyways? Florida citizens need to get a grip and fight back against their politicians or they will get the same reputation as Texas and Oklahoma for rattlesnake roundups. Hows that good for tourism?

samsminion95
samsminion95

This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of. There are way more feral cats yet no one goes out and kills hundreds of them with their kids

buckhoover500092
buckhoover500092

@cherokeerose883  Actually killing off an invasive Aminal in general is not bad just how he worded it. Feral hogs should be number one in list not the Burms though.

mccoy.terrence
mccoy.terrence

@ma_junior117 Whoa, there, ma_junior117! First read my other work before you conclude this is the most ignorant, hate-filled, and fear-mongering thing you'll ever read. 

osborneracing1
osborneracing1

look dude u have to look into what u write about an i would hope there is some humanity letting this world. i can understand the "thinking of the herd" assets what they do with hogs as a nuisance.  the problem with what u are portraying is what is goin to get many people het and lets hope not but killed.  there are so many of the native reptiles and other animals that are going to be affected by uneducated people tramping through there that any snake they see will suffer a brutal death for no reason.   @mccoy.terrence @osborneracing1 

cherokeerose883
cherokeerose883

if you want to insult me or try and hurt my feelings your gonna have to do better then that!!

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