U.S. government airdrops mice on Guam
GUAM (KPLR) – The United States government rained mice down upon the U.S. possession of Guam this past Sunday. Mice were airdropped in an effort to eradicate the Brown Snake from the island paradise.
Since the 1950’s, Andersen Air Force Bases and the residents have been plagued by the snake, causing millions of dollars in damage to the islands electrical infrastructure, and devastating the islands native bird species.
The snake is thought to have introduced to the island during WWII, on a ship carrying supplies for the war efforts, from other Pacific islands that the snake is native too.
In response, the U.S. Air Force, island government and the federal government has tried numerous remedies to control and/or eradicate the snake. The population of the Brown Snake has sense exploded on the island, in some places reaching 13,000 per square mile.
The latest scheme to control the snake, involves the airdrop of 2,000 mice laced with the pain killer Tylenol. Scientist have found the snake susceptible to the drug acetaminophen that can kill the snake.
To read more on the battle with the Brown Snake on Guam, click on Washington Times.