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US gov't to air-drop toxic mice on Guam snakes
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Posted on 02/22/2013 4:04:20 PM PST by traumer

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AP) - Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam's jungle canopy. They are scientists' prescription for a headache that has caused the tiny U.S. territory misery for more than 60 years: the brown tree snake.

Most of Guam's native bird species are extinct because of the snake, which reached the island's thick jungles by hitching rides from the South Pacific on U.S. military ships shortly after World War II. There may be 2 million of the reptiles on Guam now, decimating wildlife, biting residents and even knocking out electricity by slithering onto power lines.

More than 3,000 miles away, environmental officials in Hawaii have long feared a similar invasion - which in their case likely would be a "snakes on a plane" scenario. That would cost the state many vulnerable species and billions of dollars, but the risk will fall if Guam's air-drop strategy succeeds.

"We are taking this to a new phase," said Daniel Vice, assistant state director of U.S. Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services in Hawaii, Guam, and the Pacific Islands. "There really is no other place in the world with a snake problem like Guam."

Brown tree snakes are generally a few feet (1 meter) long but can grow to be more than 10 feet (3 meters) in length. Most of Guam's native birds were defenseless against the nocturnal, tree-based predators, and within a few decades of the reptile's arrival, nearly all of them were wiped out.

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1 posted on 02/22/2013 4:04:24 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

What can possibly go wrong.....


2 posted on 02/22/2013 4:05:00 PM PST by traumer
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To: traumer

It hasn’t tipped over yet?


3 posted on 02/22/2013 4:05:30 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: traumer
What can possibly go wrong.....

LOL!

4 posted on 02/22/2013 4:06:37 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: traumer
So the mice don't go through jump school and get their wings?

/johnny

5 posted on 02/22/2013 4:06:37 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: traumer

just practicing for the homeland?
(old folks’ homes first ?)


6 posted on 02/22/2013 4:09:11 PM PST by faithhopecharity (()
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To: traumer

I can think of a few toxic ‘Rats I wouldn’t mind seeing tossed out of a plane.


7 posted on 02/22/2013 4:10:39 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Stormdog

Same here but I can’t decide if we start with the House or the Senate or the Whitehut.


8 posted on 02/22/2013 4:12:12 PM PST by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off.)
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To: faithhopecharity
just practicing for the homeland?

Most of the snakes are in Washington D.C.

9 posted on 02/22/2013 4:12:22 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (I)
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To: traumer

Great. Now hippies in Guam will be smoking dead rats for a high.


10 posted on 02/22/2013 4:12:44 PM PST by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: traumer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz3Cc7wlfkI


11 posted on 02/22/2013 4:13:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: traumer
do snakes eat dead stuff???
12 posted on 02/22/2013 4:14:10 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: JRandomFreeper
So the mice don't go through jump school and get their wings?

...provoking a weird mental image of a platoon of mice running in formation and squeaking out some Jody cadence...

13 posted on 02/22/2013 4:14:11 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: traumer

Those must be some accurate guided mice!


14 posted on 02/22/2013 4:15:05 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: CodeToad

Where does Soros live?


15 posted on 02/22/2013 4:15:51 PM PST by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: Chode

See, now you are getting logical, that is never a good idea.


16 posted on 02/22/2013 4:16:02 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Chode

make it warm, I guess


17 posted on 02/22/2013 4:16:57 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: traumer
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18 posted on 02/22/2013 4:16:57 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: traumer

Oddly enough, humans are one of the few animals that can tolerate at least some acetaminophen. And even then, it kills lots of humans every year.

While it will kill snakes, it is incredibly toxic to cats. Just destroys their kidneys.


19 posted on 02/22/2013 4:17:19 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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To: Chode

apparently, brown tree snakes will eat anything


20 posted on 02/22/2013 4:18:08 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: traumer
Raining Lethal Mice....sounds like a good name for garage band.


21 posted on 02/22/2013 4:18:45 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: traumer

I wish there was something we could drop on the ‘RAT “snakes” here in this country to get rid of them.


22 posted on 02/22/2013 4:19:05 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (To cut down on needless laws and regulations, engaging in junk science should be a felony.)
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To: traumer
What can possibly go wrong...."

Well, unless you routinely eat dead mice, nothing...

23 posted on 02/22/2013 4:19:30 PM PST by livius
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To: Riley; JRandomFreeper
Not to mention some of the 'bad-ass' mice asking for Blood Wings!
Hammer em in! Hoo-Ahh!
24 posted on 02/22/2013 4:19:57 PM PST by 45semi (A police state is always preceded by a nanny state...)
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To: traumer
A snake won't eat a dead mouse.

These are the kinds of morons who ardently believe in anthropogenic climate change.

25 posted on 02/22/2013 4:21:06 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Somebody has to be courageous enough to stand up to the bullies." --Dr. Ben Carson)
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To: traumer

>> Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam’s jungle canopy.<<

The college memories just flood in!


26 posted on 02/22/2013 4:23:51 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: livius
Well, unless you routinely eat dead mice, nothing...

That stops, right after I finish this basket of 'em.

/johnny

27 posted on 02/22/2013 4:24:55 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: exnavy

“Where does Soros live?”
___________________________

Budapest.....Better to dump toxic chitterlings on DC.


28 posted on 02/22/2013 4:24:55 PM PST by AlexW
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To: livius

Good idea....

29 posted on 02/22/2013 4:25:51 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: cripplecreek

Kill the wabbit
Kill the wabbit
Kill the WABBIT
Kill the wabbIT

30 posted on 02/22/2013 4:25:54 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: freedumb2003

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLeOtRf6_1g


31 posted on 02/22/2013 4:28:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: traumer

Well, let’s hope this works in controlling the brown snakes, because nothing else has. From what I’ve read, they’ve tried hunting/capturing, poison gas, even mass electrocution, and nothing has stemmed the tide. Those damn things are just everywhere.

Of course, *I* say we take off and nuke the site from orbit.

It’s the only way to be sure.


32 posted on 02/22/2013 4:30:48 PM PST by DemforBush (When life gives you lemons, hoard them and make a killing in Citrus Futures!)
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To: traumer

Toxic? Does Richard Gere know about this?


33 posted on 02/22/2013 4:34:16 PM PST by rfp1234 (Arguing with a liberal is like playing chess with a pigeon.)
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To: traumer
Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam's jungle

Next Headline :

"Million Junkies head to Guam's jungles in search of Mickey Mouse."

34 posted on 02/22/2013 4:34:28 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: freedumb2003

In the movie “Wanted” the guy used a garbage truck full of rats with time bombs.


35 posted on 02/22/2013 4:36:31 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Uh...yum!


36 posted on 02/22/2013 4:37:22 PM PST by livius
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To: RedMonqey

Oops:
Only acetaminophen!


37 posted on 02/22/2013 4:38:04 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: JRandomFreeper

Sometimes nothing else just hits the spot...


38 posted on 02/22/2013 4:39:13 PM PST by livius
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To: cripplecreek

Rat bombs.

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/an-wQ30ubnbYhbJmm/wanted_2008_exploding_rats/


39 posted on 02/22/2013 4:39:34 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: GeronL
i got a feeling that more than the intended target will eat them and maybe before the snakes
40 posted on 02/22/2013 4:43:07 PM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode
do snakes eat dead stuff???

ding ding ding!

We have a winnna in the "Question of the Day" category!

No, mostly they don't, unless trained to. Usually they require that their prey move, although some species will eat eggs.

41 posted on 02/22/2013 4:46:26 PM PST by null and void (Gun confiscation enables tyranny. Don't enable tyranny.)
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To: Chode

but these mice have pinpoint accuracy, they will be dropped directly ON the snakes!!

lol


42 posted on 02/22/2013 4:46:40 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: freedumb2003

lolz


43 posted on 02/22/2013 4:47:59 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: freedumb2003; GeronL

44 posted on 02/22/2013 4:53:56 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: JRandomFreeper
"I swear I thought turkeys mice could fly."
45 posted on 02/22/2013 4:56:15 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: traumer
the snake . . . reached the island's thick jungles by hitching rides from the South Pacific on U.S. military ships shortly after World War II

If they had called the movie "Snakes on a Ship", it might have been a bit more realistic. Maybe.

46 posted on 02/22/2013 4:56:36 PM PST by Pollster1
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To: traumer

i though snakes hunted by infra-red? how are they going to spot cold, dead mice?


47 posted on 02/22/2013 4:58:29 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Riley

48 posted on 02/22/2013 5:05:45 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

If they get rid of the snakes, it could destroy the delicate balance...


49 posted on 02/22/2013 5:05:45 PM PST by Califreak (11/6/12 The Day America Divided By Zero)
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To: Old Sarge

That guy gets all the girls


50 posted on 02/22/2013 5:07:07 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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