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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Park Madness: GETTYSBURG!

Perhaps inspired by the pending anniversary of General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, today Gettysburg took home the Park Madness title for 2015.

The battle between the Everglades and Gettysburg was well matched and in the beginning when Gettysburg's floor commander John Reynolds went down looked like Everglades might take home the crown.  As expected, Everglades unleashed its all star trifecta of the American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus), the Florida Panther (Puma concolor), and the Python from Burma. Gettysburg challenged the eligibility of the python prior to the contest, claiming the snake was an exotic and barred from participating. But the challenge fell on deaf ears and in the end didn't matter.

After Reynolds was taken from the court, John Buell and Winfield Scott Hanncock, with the help of Joshua Chamberlin coming off the bench took up the slack an ultimately led the park to victory.

Congratulations to Gettysburg! 2015 Park Madness Champions!

Sean Smith is a former Yellowstone Ranger, and an award winning conservationist, TEDx speaker, and author. He writes national park thrillers from his home in the shadow of Mount Rainier National Park. To learn more about his conservation work and novels, follow him on twitter: @parkthrillers

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