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    When the Florida Wildlife Commission offered $1500 for the most Burmese Pythons caught in the Everglades in a month, they had no idea that almost 1,600 would-be wranglers and a cabal of journalists would flock to the cypress swamps for what turned out to be more of a reality-TV audition than a good ole-fashioned bounty hunt.

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    George Brana drops off python number 16 at the University of Florida check-in station in Ft. Lauderdale.
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    An Everglades house off Rt. 41 exhibits receded peat soil.
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    Bill Booth climbs from the canal onto the levee. The cattails on either side of the boardwalk are overgrown due to phosphorous runoff from cane production.
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    Bill Booth waits for the boat.
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    Bill Booth takes a call from Ruben Ramirez, who's just caught his seventeenth python.
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    Ruben Ramirez shows his latest catch to some neighborhood kids in Miami.
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    A turtle dead in its shell in the Francis Taylor.
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    A put-in at the Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area.
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    A Florida kingsnake, caught by Bill Booth's crew.
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    Bill Booth walks the Francis Taylor.
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    Bill Booth logs his progress on GPS.
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    The camera man, Jim, and Dusty Crum ride to the levee.
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    Striking a pose with the "pea shooters."
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    Blake and Steve's 9-foot python in the lights of the refueling tank on the levee.
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    Bill Booth in the Francis Taylor.
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    A fisherman along the canal.
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    A python skin from last week's hunt stored in a cooler.
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    The head of a dead python caught in the Francis Taylor.
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    An Everglades house off Loop Road in Okeechobee, Florida.
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    One last road cruise with the Florida Python Hunters.
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    The author with the latest catch.

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