Posts Tagged 'invasive species'

US Employs Poisoned Mice Paratroopers – WTF

paratrooper1According to Fox2Now –

The United States government rained mice down upon the U.S. possession of Guam on Sunday. Mice were airdropped in an effort to eradicate the Brown Snake from the island paradise. Since the 1950’s, Andersen Air Force Base has been plagued by the snake.  There are  millions of dollars in damage to the islands electrical infrastructure, and devastating the islands native bird species. The latest scheme to control the snake, involves the airdrop of 2,000 mice laced with the pain killer Tylenol. Scientists have found the snake is susceptible to the drug acetaminophen.

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Dogs Have Been Banned From Antarctica For 20 Years

sleddogThe British Antarctic Survey reported that by April 1994, the last dogs were removed

…because of concern that dogs might introduce diseases such as canine distemper that might be transferred to seals, and that they could break free and disturb or attack the wildlife.  It was also thought to be inconsistent for the Protocol to have strict controls on the introduction of non-native species, but at the same time allow huskies to be bred and used in Antarctica. Dogs were taken to the Antarctic on the early ‘heroic age’ expeditions at the turn of the 20th Century. They were instrumental in helping the Norwegian explorer Amundsen and his team to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1911. The fact that the Norwegians were good and experienced dog handlers was thought by many experts to be one of the main reasons that they were able to reach the pole before Scott and his team. Since those days, dogs have been used extensively for polar travel and for the support of scientific work. Although dogs were slower than vehicles, they were considered to be safer as they were not so heavy and it was thought that huskies also had an awareness of crevasses.

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