Thursday, April 24, 2014

Fighting snakes with paratrooper mice

A Brown Tree Snake
  The Island of Guam has an ongoing invasion of Brown Tree Snakes.  The snakes are not native to Guam but have taken over the small island, home to important military bases.  The snakes have killed large numbers of native birds.
  The answer may rely on mice and acetaminophen the active ingredient in Tylenol.  2000 mice, which are dead and pumped full of the pain killer, will be dropped using small cardboard parachutes.
Two things which the snakes love, mice and the painkiller, will be theirs for the taking.  They love the taste of the pain killer even though it's poison to them, and it will kill them. 
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