Sunday, February 17, 2013
Lehigh Acres man wins Python Challenge 2013
A total of 68 Burmese pythons were harvested during the Jan. 12-Feb. 10 competition.
The goal of the Python Challenge was to heighten public awareness about this invasive species, but also an opportunity to gather important data about Burmese python populations and their impact on the Everglades ecosystem.
Paul Shannon of Lehigh Acres killed a 14 foot and 3 inch python, which made the largest in the competition. He walked away with a $1,000 prize.
Shannon's friend, Brian Barrows of Fort Myers collected 6 pythons for harvesting and led the competition for the most number of snakes.
For more information about the Python Challenge, visit http://www.pythonchallenge.org/