menmice in Guam.
A US scientific team will be doing a "mouse drop" on the island of Guam, carpet bombing the island with an undisclosed number of dead mouse carcasses, all of which have been laced with acetaminophen, a pain killer more commonly known as Tylenol which is incidentally poisonous to the invasive brown tree snake (boiga irregularis). This operation is slated to be executed some time during April or May.
US to bomb Guam with dead mice
February 22, 2013
In a desperate attempt to kill off two million brown tree snakes that are plaguing the territory of Guam, the US is bombing the island with poisoned dead mice, hoping that the snakes will eat them.
“We are taking this to a new phase. There really is no other place in the world with a snake problem like Guam,” Daniel Vice, assistant state director of the US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services in Guam, told the Associated Press.
The pile of dead mice, laced with painkillers that are deadly for snakes, will rain down onto Guam’s jungle canopy as scientists drop them from helicopters in a last-ditch attempt to eradicate the invasive species....
When humans try to tinker with ecoogical balances (or imbalances) strange unforeseen consequences tend to unfold.
Let's see where this one leads to.
Seems the snakes have been an utter plague to Guam, and that this is a measure of last ditch desperation. Meanwhile Hawaii is worried of a possible snake migration to their fair paradise.
The following article from Gizmodo is knee-slappingly funny to read (but sadly way too brief!). Yet is full of good information.
Guam’s Solving Its Snake Problem With a Horrifying Rain of Poisoned Mouse Paratroopers
Eric Limer - Feb 22, 2013 - WTF Friday
... According to the Associated Press, the drop is scheduled for sometime in April or May and has actually been in the works for over a decade. The reason it never happened before was for fear that crows might eat the mice instead, but now all the crows have conveniently been eaten by brown tree snakes so it's all systems go....
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... So scientists have come up with a solution, the only logical one really: fill a bunch of dead mice with painkillers, give each corpse a tiny parachute, and throw them all out of helicopters into the jungle. No but really....
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... the hope is that their tiny parachutes will become entangled in the jungle's foliage where their sacrificed corpses will be feasted upon by the writhing mass of serpents....