2020 Python Bowl – The Burmese Python Challenge

Python Bowl

As we all know, the Burmese pythons are invasive snakes that ruin the animal population of the Florida Everglades year after year. With many efforts targeting the removal of the invasive species, Florida wildlife managers are getting more creative. Introducing: the 2020 Python Bowl.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the 2020 python challenge, inviting takers to catch and kill as many snakes as they can. Of course, hunters must be trained to handle these animals. The State of Florida is partnering with the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee to encourage people to learn how to hunt down and capture this invasive species.

On December 5, 2019, DeSantis announced that the registration for the Python Bowl is now open. Beginning on January 10, 2020, Python Bowl competitors will be able to get to hunting, with access to over 150 miles of trails to cover. With Florida hosting the 2020 Super Bowl in February, DeSantis hopes the event will draw attention to the massive threat that this invasive species poses to the Florida Everglades. The state hopes for funds, research, and innovative technology to get the python population under control once and for all.

Python Bowl Prizes

Winners of the Python Bowl will be announced January 25, 2020, during the opening of Super Bowl Live, a week-long fan fest event at Bayfront Park in Miami, FL. The python hunter who catches and removes the most pythons from the Florida Everglades will win an ATV. The hunter who captures the largest individual snake will be awarded $2,000! VIP guests will be gifted a python skin football, just like the one Governor DeSantis sported in his Python Bowl opening day announcement.

“The protection of our environment and natural resources is critical,” said Governor DeSantis. “Invasive Burmese pythons have decimated local wildlife and pose a massive threat to natural food chains as well as the flora and fauna. The 2020 Python Bowl is sure to be a great success and I look forward to the positive effects it will have on preserving and protecting the Everglades ecosystem.” 1

If you’re interested in hunting the giant Burmese pythons for the 2020 Python Bowl, visit the Florida Python Challenge website to learn more! This exciting conservation effort can help protect the rare habitat of the Everglades and all the animals know the Everglades as their home.

Everglades Holiday Park is a place for airboat rides and Everglades animal encounters – not invasive pythons. At our national park, we’re dedicated to working with Governor DeSantis and government officials to ensure that the Florida Everglades protection efforts are properly set in place. We agree that this is a step in the right direction in efforts to care for the unique environment the Everglades offers.

Additional Reading

It’s Time to Say Goodbye to Pythons in the Florida Everglades

Florida Python Hunters in the Florida Everglades

Pythons Are Becoming a Problem in the Florida Everglades

Sources

[1] FLGOV – Governor Ron DeSantis Announces the Opening of Registration for the 2020 Python ChallengeTM Python Bowl

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