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Dead mice to be dropped over Guam

Posted on Sunday, 24 February, 2013 | Comment icon 41 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Laced with poison, the dead mice are to help curb the large numbers of brown tree snakes in the region.

More than two million of the snakes have been wreaking havoc upon other wildlife across Guam, prompting scientists to come up with a radical new method to combat them. By lacing dead mice with poison and then dropping them from a helicopter with little parachutes it is hoped that they will get tangled up in the foliage making it easy for the snakes to come and feed on them. The poisoned mice are not thought to be a danger to other animals.

Brown tree snakes originally invaded Guam 60 years ago after reaching the country on boats and in the undercarriage of airplanes. Now the snakes have eaten most of the birds on the island leading to an explosion in spider numbers and significant damage to the region's forests and natural ecosystem.

"In April or May they're going to lace dead mice with painkillers, attach them to little parachutes, drop them from helicopters and hope that they get snagged in the jungle foliage."

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Comment icon #32 Posted by Mikami on 25 February, 2013, 16:38
That'd be a pretty bizarre sight... a million falling dead mice..
Comment icon #33 Posted by rashore on 25 February, 2013, 16:43
I hope they are using biodegrade materials for this... I can't imagine littering the treetops with a million little parachutes is a good thing, especially if they are made of materials that don't break down fairly quickly.
Comment icon #34 Posted by ufonuts on 26 February, 2013, 5:33
I believe the "Laced Mice" are being dropped over Guam to reduce the population of the Guamanian. Especially since one of their favorite Delicacies are Minced Mice, Mice Tails and Mice Stew.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Der on 26 February, 2013, 11:57
So your conclusion that 99% of people are a plage and destroy, kill, are greed, etc. comes from watching the news? The news that usually cover only tragedies and accidents because that's the only kind of stuff that people care to hear about when reading the newspaper or watching the news?
Comment icon #36 Posted by Frank Merton on 26 February, 2013, 12:10
One presumes that all these things have been studied and resolved before they would launch such a venture. Either that or they are desperate (these are poisonous snakes after all).
Comment icon #37 Posted by rhc on 27 February, 2013, 16:46
I can see this becoming a HUGE problem down the road. Poision getting into water supplies ect. - and arenít rats a delicacy over there?
Comment icon #38 Posted by Sakari on 28 February, 2013, 0:46
No, from first hand. I have not watched or read the News ( in detail ) in over a year, to depressing. And, from reading Scientific research, and reading about economic studies, and studies on about anything regarding nature.
Comment icon #39 Posted by danielost on 28 February, 2013, 2:50
Can you say lawsuit.
Comment icon #40 Posted by The Unseen on 24 March, 2013, 7:53
What the heck does that have to do with snakes in Guam?Not one stinking thing.D.A.
Comment icon #41 Posted by danielost on 24 March, 2013, 8:16
Yea right. This is the government we're talking about.

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