US to bomb ‘Snake Island’ of Guam with dead, poisoned mice carcasses

US to bomb ‘Snake Island’ of Guam with dead, poisoned mice carcasses

Yigo : Guam | Feb 25, 2013 at 6:06 AM PST
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The US had, during WWII, introduced snakes in the island of Guam but is now faced with the problem of how to contain the brown tree snake menace as reported in of dated 25th of February 2013.

It has been decided to bomb the island with carcasses of dead mice that have been treated with poison – the objective is to kill the reptiles that can grow up to 10-feet in length and the US is trying to set right the wrong that its military ships had committed in WWII.

The snakes have literally taken over the island and are a serious threat to the airplanes at the Anderson Air Force Base as well as to the environment in case they hitch a ride on the planes and land up in other places, on other islands in and around the Pacific or in the west coast of the US.

The snake population is nearly two million and they not only kill animals and wildlife but also bite the people and even damage the electrical power lines and cut off power supply.

The brown snake menace has taken a toll of tourism in Guam and the plan is to drop dead mice laced with acetaminophen which is the active ingredient in painkillers such as Tylenol.

The dead mice would be airdropped by helicopter – one by one beginning April or May-2013.

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