Miami Tours and Sightseeing | Python Challenge 2016
The Python Challenge — a bounty hunt that drew hunters from across the country and media from around the world — will be held early next year and for the first time will include ground zero for the slithery invader: Everglades National Park.
The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this week was presented with plans for a month-long public hunt starting in mid-January for invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.
Caroline McLaughlin, representing the National Parks Conservation Association, said her group supports the agency’s efforts to reduce the growing python problem but also has concerns about the hunt.
“We want to ensure there are no negative impacts to the national resources of our national parks that result from this event,” McLaughlin said.
Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley said the agency intends to emphasize training that will include how to strategically target the hunt.
Registration for the “Python Challenge” opens in October.