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Two thousand mice dropped on Guam by parachute — to kill snakes


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Airborne Assault on Guam...

 

Posted By LongTabSigO • [December 03, 2013]

 

...by mice.

 

Two thousand mice dropped on Guam by parachute — to kill snakes

 

They floated down from the sky Sunday — 2,000 mice, wafting on tiny cardboard parachutes over Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S.territory of Guam.

 

But the rodent commandos didn't know they were on a mission: to help eradicate the brown tree snake, an invasive species that has caused millions of dollars in wildlife and commercial losses since it arrived a few decades ago.

 

That's because they were dead. And pumped full of painkillers.

 

This apparently is what constitutes a useful expenditure of preciously short federal dollars.

 

Look I get it - introducing snakes into an ecosystem screws things up. They mate and multiply and all sorts of mayhem ensues. This is actually a serious problem and given what's at stake, difficult problems require creative solutions.Scissors-32x32.png

 

- See more at: http://www.blackfive.net/main/#sthash.hgi5MKQ9.dpuf

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