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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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FWC, partners holding news conference to kick off 2013 Python Challenge™
Who: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and partners.

What: A news conference to kick off the 2013 Python Challenge™.

FWC staff will be available for interviews after the news conference. Captive Burmese pythons will be on site. Python Challenge™ competitors and the public will be trained on how to identify, handle and harvest these large constrictors. There also will be GPS training and law enforcement presentations. People who want to compete in the Python Challenge can register at the kickoff.

When: The news conference will take place Saturday, Jan. 12, at 10 a.m. The training and other activities, including an exotic species chef, will continue until 4 p.m. The University of Florida is holding its invasive species open house at the same time and place.

Where: University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Research and Education Center, 3205 College Avenue, Davie, FL 33314.

Why: The FWC and its partners are launching the 2013 Python Challenge™ to enlist both the general public and python permit holders in a month-long harvest of Burmese pythons, a species that is not native to Florida.

Additional information about the 2013 Python Challenge™ can be found at pythonchallenge.org.
Contact:
Carli Segelson, 772-215-9459; Officer Jorge Pino 561-723-1417

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