230 pythons taken from Florida Everglades in annual contest

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MIAMI (AP) – More than 230 pythons were removed from the Florida Everglades as part of an annual competition to eliminate the invasive species from the South Florida wetlands preserve.

Florida wildlife officials said Thursday that 1,000 hunters from 32 states and as far away as Canada and Latvia removed 231 Burmese pythons during the 10-day competition known as the Florida Python Challenge.

Matthew Concepcion won the $10,000 top prize for removing 28 Burmese pythons.

Another hunter, Dustin Crum, won a $1,500 prize for removing the longest python, a snake that measured over 11 feet.

Pythons are a destructive presence for native species in South Florida.

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10/21/2022 11:26:32 AM (GMT -5:00)

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