Invasive Brown Tree Snakes lead to a very unique test over Guam.
“Operation Dead-Mouse Drop
A group of 2,000 dead mice equipped with cardboard parachutes have been airdropped over a United States Air Force base in Guam in order to poison brown tree snakes.
It may sound like the plot to an animated movie starring the vocal talents of Gilbert Godfried, but we assure you this is actually happening.
NBC News reports that the dead mice were pumped full of acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol. The hope is that the snakes, which are invasive to the area and cause harm to exotic native birds and the island’s power grid, will be drawn to the toxic rodents, eat them, and then croak. Other animals face minimal risk, reports the Air Force Times.
Dan Vice, the Agriculture Department’s assistant supervisory wildlife biologist for Guam, told KUAM that the mice are dropped in a time sequence from low-flying helicopters. Each rodent is strung up to a tiny parachute made of cardboard and tissue paper.”
To see the full article, visit http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/operation–mouse-drop-163310851.html
Did you know we developed a training module specific to Brown Tree Snake awareness and safety?
Course Description: Designed specifically for those living and working in Guam, this course educates on the problems resulting from the rapid spread of this invasive species on Guam and other Pacific Islands. Topics include general information on identifying the Brown Tree Snakes (BTS) and how to prevent the spread and infestation of other areas by incidental transport in aircraft and cargo.
To see more available training modules, visit our catalog now http://ecatts.com/websitePDFs/CourseCatalog.pdf