Florida's Everglades Python Hunt Is Extended

The python hunting program in the Everglades has been extended and expanded by the South Florida Water Management District.  

The hunt, which was conducted only in Miami-Dade County, wrapped up on June 1 with paid hunters capturing and killing 158 Burmese pythons.  The program will start up again on Saturday and run through September 30.  

The District is also stretching the hunting grounds into Broward and Collier Counties.  More hunters are being hired and they'll earn $8.10 per hour, plus bonuses based on the length of each snake they kill and whether or not the snake is holding eggs.  

The District has paid out less than $50,000 of the $175,000 set aside for the program.  

The pythons are being eliminated because they are invasive in the Everglades.

In case you missed it, Florida's Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera helped capture a python during the initial hunt.  He posted video (above) of the capture.

Photo: AFP

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