Tally in Florida python hunt holds at 50 snakes
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In this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, a Burmese python is displayed at the kick-off ceremonies in Davie, Fla., for the 2013 "Python Challenge" organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. More than 1,000 people signed up to hunt Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades, but just a fraction of them have been successful so far. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, that 30 of the invasive snakes have been killed in the competition that began Jan. 12. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
In this Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, a Burmese python is displayed at the kick-off ceremonies in Davie, Fla., for the 2013 "Python Challenge" organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. More than 1,000 people signed up to hunt Burmese pythons in the Florida Everglades, but just a fraction of them have been successful so far. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, that 30 of the invasive snakes have been killed in the competition that began Jan. 12. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)
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MIAMI (AP) — More than 1,500 hunters are struggling to find more Burmese pythons as a public hunt for the invasive species continues in the Everglades.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said Friday that the tally of pythons killed in the Python Challenge is holding at 50. That number hasn’t changed since Tuesday.

The hunt began Jan. 12 and ends Sunday. State officials hope to raise awareness about the threats invasive species pose to native wildlife. University of Florida researchers are examining the snake carcasses.

Two python hunters from Tennessee had to be airlifted Thursday from the Everglades. The Broward Sheriff’s Office says they became “stranded and disoriented” and had to be rescued by helicopter.

Authorities say the men “complained of lightheadedness and weakness and were suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration.”

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