Florida Declares Open Season on Pythons in Annual Challenge


Barefoot and accompanied by his beagle and pal Big Bill Booth, Dusty Crum eagerly set out to hunt, catch and/or kill as many Burmese pythons as possible.

Crum is one of more than 600 adventurous men and women from 24 states who paid $25 to participate in Florida’s 2nd Python Challenge. The first, held three years ago, netted 68 of the snakes. This time, Florida’s Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission hopes to remove more, although their camouflage in Florida’s Everglades making them extremely difficult to find, especially for amateurs.

“Oh, we’re so pumped!” said Crum. “It’s like a month-long frenzy and we’re just ready to get in the action and get some of it!”

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