The “2020 Python Bowl” is underway as part of a drive to eliminate pythons that threaten native wildlife in the Florida Everglades.
Over the next two weeks, competitors will seek the longest, heaviest and most Burmese pythons.
The Python Bowl is tied to the 2020 Super Bowl, which will be held Sunday February 2nd at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami-Dade County.
Top prizes range from ATVs to thousands of dollars in cash.
Starting today, the public will be able to sign up, get training, and start hunting across more than 1.5 million acres in South and Southwest Florida.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Eric Sutton says the Python Bowl is part of a larger effort to control the invasive snakes.
“We don’t know how many snakes are out there. We know that it is a lot. We know that each Burmese python you see out there can take out so much of our native wildlife. We have seen a decline in the number of species, and an increase in the pythons.”
To sign up for the hunt, visit flpythonchallenge.org
Winners will be announced on January 25th, during the opening of Super Bowl Live, a week-long fan fest event at Bayfront Park in Miami.
Super Bowl 54 is set for the following weekend at Hard Rock Stadium.
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