50th python caught in elimination program

Posted at 8:53 AM, Apr 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-26 09:07:10-04

Florida wildlife officials marked a milestone Tuesday with the capture of a massive 14-foot Burmese python. 

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The 70-pound snake is the 50th captured since a program started in March to curb the invasive species.

Twenty-five hunters are licensed as a part of the South Florida Water Management's Python Elimination Program. 


Officials estimate there are 10,000 to 100,000 pythons in the Everglades.

Hunter Dusty Crum captured milestone snake from the Everglades, after quite a battle.

Hunters receive $50 for the first 4 feet of snake and $25 for each additional foot. Crum brought in two pythons on Tuesday, netting him $525.

Courtesy WTVJ via NBC News Channel