Florida Everglades To Host Python-Killing Contest

The area is overrun with Burmese pythons that are destroying the local eco-system. Simpsons did it.

1. Burmese pythons have overrun the Florida everglades, eating smaller species and throwing off the balance of the local ecosystem there.

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Photo originally taken February 22, 2010.

2. This Saturday is the opening of the 2013 Python Challenge, a python-killing marathon, offering prizes of $1,000 for catching the longest snakes and $1,500 for catching the most.

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Photo originally taken September 16, 2009.

3. The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that nearly 400 people have signed up for the Challenge already.

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Photo originally taken February 22, 2010.

4. Participants over the age of 18 do not need hunting licenses or have any experience with snakes.

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Photo originally taken May 28, 2009.

5. The Burmese pythons originally entered the ecosystem there through exotic pet trade.

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6. Many experts agree that if enough pythons were eliminated from the area, it could in fact fix some of the damage done to the local environment.

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7. The Florida Wildlife Commission’s recommended killing method is a bullet or shotgun blast to the head, or the use of captive bolt, a device used in slaughterhouses that drives a metal shaft into the brain.

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The Simpsons eerily predicted this very problem 20 years ago in their episode “Whacking Day”:

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