The Reptile Report - Competitors in the 2013 Python Challenge trekked through more than a million acres of swamps and sawgrass in search of the well-camouflaged Burmese python. The Florida Fish and...
The Python Challenge: Let’s Look at the Numbers
The Reptile Report - Herp Alliance blogged yesterday about the 2013 Florida Python Challenge that has been underway since January 12, 2013 and lasts until February 10th. In the first two weeks of this event, more than 1,000 hunters had killed exactly 30 snakes, a very underwhelming result for those who speciously claim that there are as many as 150,000 Burmese pythons living wild in the Florida Everglades. (With such a grandiose population, how come the army of 1,000 hunters cannot find them?)
Let’s take a look at the numbers. Thirty snakes have been killed in 14 days. This equates to 2.14 snakes per day. Assuming that there are exactly 1,000 hunters in the Challenge, this means that each day, they have a 0.2% chance per day of killing a Burmese python wild in the Everglades.
Read the full Erika Walsh story after the jump.@ the online source