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Open season on pythons begins Saturday

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Pythons are a growing menace in Florida. They are taking over, eating smaller species and upsetting the delicate balance of the Everglades.

Wildlife experts say Burmese pythons have to go, and this Saturday may be a step in that direction. It's the first day of the first-ever python hunt in Florida.

More than 400 people have signed up so far, including Bill Booth from Manatee County.

"It is kinda like a thrill seeker," Booth said. "You got people who jump out of planes with parachutes. I am the guy who jumps out of airboats on pythons."

Booth has been hunting since he was 7 years old. Since then, he has collected a lot of trophies that hang on the walls of his log cabin home -- wild hog, elk, and deer among them. He has never gone after a python, and is excited to be given the chance.

"I am up for any kind of challenge, especially an outdoor challenge. If I can get out there, run around and chase critters, I love that kind," he said.

Booth will be going with a group of buddies. They plan to stay in the Glades looking for pythons for the entire length of the hunt, one month.

It could pay off. A $1,500 prize will be given to whomever bags the biggest and longest pythons.

The hunt starts on Saturday.



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