Python Cowboy AKA Trapper Mike winner of the 2020 Python Bowl Joins the Talk Golden to Me Podcast Show Hosted by Evan Golden to spread awareness how #invasivespecies are ruining the #ecosystem and the #Everglades
The Pyhton Cowboy is accustomed to wading into the blackness of the Everglades at night searching for invasive Burmese pythons as a paid bounty hunter for the South Florida Water Management District.
Owner/Operator of Martin County Trapping & Wildlife Rescue in swampy South Florida, SFWMD Invasive Species Contractor, FWC Alligator and Nuisance Animal Trapper; also 1 of 25 state contracted Python Hunters in the Florida Everglades and surrounding areas.
Python Cowboy specializes in large/dangerous nuisance animal removal and wildlife rescue. State contracted invasive wildlife agent. He takes pride in his work and his name.
The 2020 Python Bowl ended recently with 80 invasive Burmese pythons caught.
Taking the grand prize for most pythons captured from a professional was Mike Kimmel, a trapper with Martin County Trapping, Removals and Wildlife Rescue. He is well known as @pythoncowboy on Instagram and YouTube.
Kimmel caught eight pythons making up 10% of the total number of pythons caught during the bowl, it was his first Python Bowl. The longest and heaviest of these slithering beasts was 12 feet, 7 inches and 63 pounds. With more than 750 registered competitors from 20 states, Florida Python Challenge's 2020 Python Bowl came to a close during a ceremony Saturday at Bayfront Park in Miami, about a week after the hunting stopped on Jan. 19.
Burmese pythons are taking over the historic Everglades. Hunts are held regularly, but the number of snakes removed is not on pace with the rate at which the snakes are spreading. They compete with and prey on native species.