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2020 Python Bowl Wraps Up

The 2020 Python Bowl wrapped this weekend with the capture of 80 Burmese pythons over the 10-day competition. Unfortunately, that number is just a drop in the bucket as wildlife experts believe the python population in the Everglades may exceed 100,000.

One man won an off-road ATV from Bass Pro Shops for capturing eight pythons, which was the most, and another man won $2 grand for capturing the longest python, which measured over 12-and-a-half feet and weighed 62 pounds. Over 750 people from 20 states participated in the ten-day event, and caught dozens of the giant snakes. Conservationists say there are tens of thousands of pythons in the Everglades, posing a threat to native wildlife.

The South Florida Water Management District says hosting the event around the Super Bowl brought incredible public awareness to the danger the invasive snakes pose.