Mike Kimmel had been hunting for nine hours with nothing to show for it early Monday morning when he spied the Burmese python on a levee.
Unremarkable in size at just 7 feet, the invasive snake was still a notable catch.
The 3 a.m. find was the 2,000th python caught and killed by hunters in the South Florida Water Management District’s landmark python elimination program that has attracted worldwide attention from celebrity chefs and rock stars to conservationists.
Launched two years ago, the program pays snake slayers by the hour to hunt on water management district property deep in South Florida’s Everglades where the snakes have climbed the food chain and decimated native animal populations.
Learn more about the district’s groundbreaking program and Mike Kimmel’s hunt at link in bio. @pbpost #pbpost
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