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2,000 dead mice dropped on Guam
by US helicopters to kill snakes

Independent [UK], by James Legge

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Posted By:MissMolly, 12/4/2013 9:07:32 AM

US authorities have launched an unusual mission to kill troublesome snakes in Guam - parachuting in 2,000 dead mice laced with deadly painkillers. The brown tree snakes have caused numerous problems at Andersen Air Base on the remote Pacific island, between Japan and Indonesia, one of the most strategically important US bases in the region. There are an estimated 2 million of the snakes on the island, thought to have arrived stowed in a cargo shipment in the mid-20th century. They often gnaw and wriggle their way into important electrical stations, causing power failures at the base. They also threaten

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Beware, kitties and puppies.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bassman, 12/4/2013 10:27:40 AM     (No. 9639658)

They need to drop some of these mice on Washington D.C.!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: thethirdruffian, 12/4/2013 10:29:28 AM     (No. 9639660)

For some reason I am reminded of the turkey drop from WKRP helicopter.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bigfatslob, 12/4/2013 10:43:44 AM     (No. 9639680)

Is PETA aware of this?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: southernboy, 12/4/2013 10:53:43 AM     (No. 9639698)

Let’s see….2,000 poisoned dead mice and 2,000,000 snakes. Hmmm.

Why “helicopters,” plural and why parachute them in? They are already dead! If every poisoned mouse is eaten by and kills one snake, it will hardly account for the birth rate of these critters.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: fishbone, 12/4/2013 10:54:11 AM     (No. 9639699)

Stupid! Stupid! STUPID!!

1) Snakes desire LIVING prey (i.e., mice).
2) Critters OTHER than snakes eat mice.
3) What other outcome do you expect from a government run effort?

Stupid! Stupid! STUPID!!


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Reply 6 - Posted by: f64, 12/4/2013 10:55:47 AM     (No. 9639706)

Does Congressman Hank Johnson know this? Guam may tip over!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lanczos, 12/4/2013 10:59:33 AM     (No. 9639714)

#2 - "As God Is My Witness, I thought dead mice could fly."


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Reply 8 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 12/4/2013 11:05:56 AM     (No. 9639734)

I´m trying to envision Rodent Paratrooper training at Ft. Bragg....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: pinger, 12/4/2013 11:20:50 AM     (No. 9639769)

I don´t think 200 dean mice will make much of a difference. Now, 2000 dead politicians....

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Reply 10 - Posted by: joew9, 12/4/2013 12:07:18 PM     (No. 9639863)

The mice don´t need a parachute and they don´t need to be dead. They can easily survive the drop. Experiments have been done and mice are light weight enough to survive the fall.

It seems like every time we are trying to kill unwanted pests we have to be politically correct about it.
Illegal to kill a rat in Washington DC?!! That´s just insane.
Thousands of Giant Boas infesting Florida, endangering the native wildlife and they have a special hunting season where you need a license to live catch them. No! Kill them. Shoot them. Cut the head off and turn it in for a $100 reward would be a better way. And the season should be 365 days long.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 12/4/2013 12:10:16 PM     (No. 9639870)

Deadly painkillers? Someone may pick them up thinking they contain oxycotin. The makers of Tylenol can´t be happy that its being called deadly. Of course tylenol can kill your liver.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GoodGrief, 12/4/2013 12:19:01 PM     (No. 9639882)

Thank you and a "me too" Nos. 2 & 7.

After three tours as a helicopter pilot in the Navy, I´m convinced that a helo driver´s life is a sorry one. They probably even assigned this on the pilot´s day off so he would get "stale."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: lil dotty, 12/4/2013 12:35:23 PM     (No. 9639940)

This is the second article read about the Guam snakes and mice. First article stated the mice were still alive and not poisoned but loaded with Tylenol which left the snakes dead once the live mice were ingested. The snakes find Tylenol to be their poison. Puppies and kittens might not be so badly hit, but still would be apprehensive about their snacking on the little bitty creatures. Original artile read on Drudge by DH though never by me.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: lil dotty, 12/4/2013 12:42:02 PM     (No. 9639955)

#2
truly a classic episode. Every Thanksgiving that one comes to mind Mr. Carlson, he´s gone now, I believe. Great sitcom And where is Loni Anderson these days?




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Reply 15 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 12/4/2013 1:12:58 PM     (No. 9640021)

They chute them in so that they land in the trees. They are dead because the snakes, unlike most snakes, eat dead critters.

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