Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Announces New $ 10,000 Prize for the Florida Python Challenge

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The prize will be awarded to the participant who removes the most pythons

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the South Florida Water Management District and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida are pleased to announce a new Ultimate Grand Prize of $ 10,000 exclusive to the Florida Python Challenge 2021 thanks to their sponsor , Virtual Business Services. . (FWC image)

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the South Florida Water Management District and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida are pleased to announce a new ultimate grand prize of $ 10,000 exclusive to the Florida Python Challenge 2021 thanks to their sponsor, Virtual Business Services.

The prize will be awarded to the participant who removes the most pythons in the competition.

“This is a monumental contribution to the cause of the removal of Burmese pythons from the Everglades ecosystem. We are grateful to Virtual Business Services for their generous donation and hope that this will generate more interest in this important effort.

Working under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, we will continue to work with our partners to protect our natural resources from the threat of invasive species, ”said FWC President Rodney Barreto.

“This is a monumental contribution to the cause of the removal of Burmese pythons from the Everglades ecosystem. We are grateful to Virtual Business Services for their generous donation and hope that this will generate more interest in this important effort. Working under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, we will continue to work with our partners to protect our natural resources from the threat of invasive species, ”said FWC President Rodney Barreto. (FWC image)

“I would like to thank the public and all of our corporate sponsors for making this challenge possible. The South Florida Water Management District, FWC, and our partners in this great endeavor are teaming up to fight pythons and we won’t stop until these invasive snakes are wiped out and the Everglades will not be protected, ”said the SFWMD Board of Directors. Bergeron “Alligator Ron” member.

“Virtual Business Services is proud to be part of the Florida Python challenge. With the fragile ecosystem of our great state of Florida, we are excited to help eradicate the python problem to preserve our native species, ”said Frank VanDeBoe, CEO of Virtual Business Services.

“We are grateful for Frank’s commitment to tackling the invasive Burmese pythons in the iconic and fragile Everglades. We can’t wait to see how many pythons the challenge is able to remove. We wish all hunters good luck! said Andrew Walker, president and CEO of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Foundation.

Participants who do not win the Ultimate Grand Prize can still win thousands of dollars for the highest number of pythons in the “Professional” or “Novice” categories.

The goal of the Florida Python Challenge is to increase awareness of invasive species and the threats they pose to Florida’s ecology. The annual competition encourages people to get directly involved in the conservation of the Everglades by eliminating invasive species. (FWC image)

There are also prices for the longest snakes in both categories. Active duty military personnel and veterans who enter the contest will be eligible for additional prizes.

The goal of the Florida Python Challenge is to increase awareness of invasive species and the threats they pose to Florida’s ecology. The annual competition encourages people to get directly involved in the conservation of the Everglades by eliminating invasive species.

The Florida Python Challenge 2021 will start at 8:00 a.m. on July 9, 2021 and end on July 18, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Registration is now open and people can register to participate until the last day of the event.

There is a registration fee of $ 25 and participants must complete free online training.

Visit FLPythonChallenge.org to enter the contest, take the online training, learn more about Burmese pythons and the unique Everglades ecosystem, and find resources to plan your trip to South Florida to participate in the Florida Python Challenge.

Participants who do not win the Ultimate Grand Prize can still win thousands of dollars for the highest number of pythons in the “Professional” or “Novice” categories. (FWC image)

The Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the FWC and other public and private partners to conserve Florida’s native animals and plants, and the land and water they need. to survive. Since its inception in 1994, the Foundation has raised and donated $ 50 million for conservation, outdoor recreation and education. More information can be found at faunaflorida.org.

Burmese pythons are not native to Florida and have a negative impact on native species. They are primarily found in and around the Everglades ecosystem in South Florida, where they feed on birds, mammals, and other reptiles.

A female Burmese python can lay 50 to 100 eggs at a time. Since 2000, more than 13,000 Burmese pythons have been removed from the state of Florida. For more information on Burmese pythons, visit MyFWC.com/Python.

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