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Dead mice to be dropped over Guam

By T.K. Randall
February 24, 2013 · Comment icon 41 comments



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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.


Source: NPR | Comments (41)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #32 Posted by Mikami 11 years ago
That'd be a pretty bizarre sight... a million falling dead mice..
Comment icon #33 Posted by rashore 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
Coming from you, not very. I am not saying anything that about 99% of the educated population feel. If you can not see how we are destroying the environment, ourselves, and especially the future for our children, and grand children, I do not know what to tell you. It is all fact, not my opinion. Hoping for a plague, or disaster to cut our population down may sound ridiculous to some, but not me. Just how I feel every time I see the News, or open up my home page.....Starving families, homeless people, lack of jobs, greed, holy wars, police states, psychological mass killings, oil spills, animal... [More]
Comment icon #36 Posted by Frank Merton 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
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 11 years ago
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? 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 11 years ago
I can see this becoming a HUGE problem down the road. Poision getting into water supplies ect. - and arenít rats a delicacy over there? Can you say lawsuit.
Comment icon #40 Posted by The Unseen 11 years ago
I know one thing though: ALL HUMANS. BACK TO AFRICA. NAO. What the heck does that have to do with snakes in Guam?Not one stinking thing.D.A.
Comment icon #41 Posted by danielost 11 years ago
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). Yea right. This is the government we're talking about.


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