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Florida is marking a milestone in its attempt to control an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

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The 106 Burmese pythons captured over a monthlong hunt won't help control Florida's invasive snake population, but wildlife officials said Saturday that doesn't matter as much as the awareness they bring to the state's environmental concerns.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

A state-sanctioned hunt on public lands for invasive Burmese pythons ended this weekend.

61 Pythons Bagged So Far In Challenge

Jan 27, 2016
Associated Press

Florida wildlife officials say 61 Burmese pythons have been caught so far in a state-sanctioned hunt.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Registration begins soon for the Python Challenge, which encourages hunters to kill or capture pythons in the Everglades for cash prizes.

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MIAMI — A public hunt for Burmese pythons in Florida’s Everglades won’t be repeated next year, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman said Monday. 

Instead, the state is beefing up established programs that train licensed hunters and people who regularly work in areas known to contain pythons to kill or report exotic snakes.

“Certainly our work is not done with pythons,” said wildlife commission spokeswoman Carli Segelson.