Rampant Snakes To Be Hunted as Python Challenge Gets Under Way Saturday
More than 700 people have signed up for the state s Python Challenge. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino spoke about what officials hope to learn about the predator.
2013 Python Challenge Kicks Off With Many People Signing Up
The 2013 Python Challenge kicked off Saturday, snatching people's attention from all across Florida and from many other states. NBC 6 reporter Donna Rapado has the story. Interviewed are FWC spokesman Jorge Pino and Kristina Serbesoff-King, of the Nature Conservancy.
Michael Kordsmeier is a mild-mannered Clark Kent figure by day – and a python hunter called “Uncle Crocodile” at night.
The Python Challenge will wrap up soon in the Florida Everglades – and Kordsmeier is one unique hunter who has been out several times in search of the pesky snake, maneuvering through all of the brush and muck with a small flashlight in hand.
He may look like your typical snake hunter, with a few guns and tools to help him with his pursuit, but you might be surprised by his day job.
Kordsmeier works as a nuclear medicine technologist, playing a part in saving lives at Community Health of South Florida.
"For the three weeks it's been going on, we've been out here 17 days," Kordsmeier said as NBC 6 tagged along on one of his nightly hunts in the Everglades in southwest Miami-Dade.
As Kordsmeier worked his way deep into the brush, he looked carefully for any sign of the python. He also warned to watch out for other snakes other than the pythons that may be hiding deep in the brush.