Hunters are swarming the Florida Everglades for the annual python challenge. The state says it's vital to save the ecosystem

Hunters are swarming the Florida Everglades for the annual python challenge. The state says it's vital to save the ecosystem

(CNN)Deer, raccoons, possums, and fox once flocked the area of the Everglades National Park in south Florida. Nowadays, you're lucky if you spot one mammal in the area, according to wildlife experts. Who's to blame for this decline in wildlife? The invasive species known as Burmese pythons. To help combat this problem against Florida's ecosystem, snake hunters are congregating in the hundreds for the Florida Python Challenge. The event, created by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, started in 2013. "I love snakes. I hate that we have to do this, but they're invasive and changing the entire ecosystem." professional python hunter Amy Siewe told CNN. According to the …
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