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.
Eighty Burmese pythons were caught during Miami's 10-day Super Bowl hunt, designed to raise awareness about the invasive species decimating the Everglades. https://t.co/oa7J6KC96a
— ABC News (@ABC) January 26, 2020
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.
Not a good statistic:
Pythons rounded up in annual Florida Everglades hunt
Over 750 people turned up for the 2020 Python Bowl in Florida, catching 80 of the invasive snakes, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said. HLN's Susan Hendrickshttps://t.co/rwzsDgqmmb
— Florida Issues (@FloridaIssues) January 27, 2020
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.