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Florida lawmakers ending python hunt event

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Florida won't be repeating a public hunt designed to reduce the population of Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

The state-sponsored Python Challenge attracted around1,600 hunters in January and February and made headlines worldwide. It netted 68 of the snakes, the longest measuring more than 14 feet.

According to a spokeswoman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the hunt met the agency's primary goal of raising awareness about the python problem, and there will not be another hunt next year.

Researchers say the snakes, which aren't native to Florida, are eating wildlife at an alarming rate and don't have natural predators in the state.

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