Mice Dropped On Guam

December 3, 2013 by  

Mice Dropped On Guam, It was an odd site in Guam on Sunday, as two thousand mice floated down from the sky on tiny cardboard and tissue paper parachutes. Why were mice flying through the air? They were dropped from a plane over the Andersen Air Force Base in the United States territory of Guam on a mission to kill the brown tree snakes that have invaded the country.

The mice were already dead before being dumped, and had been pumped full of 80 mg of acetaminophen. An $8 million United States program was approved in February to help eradicate the snakes and save the wild life and exotic birds that have become the snake’s favorite snack. Sunday’s drop marked the fourth rodent air assault, and the biggest so far.

“Every time there is a technique that is tested and shows promise, we jump on that bandwagon and promote it and help out and facilitate its implementation,” said Tino Aguon, the acting chief of the United States Agriculture Department’s wildlife resources office for Guam.

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