posted on Feb, 25 2013 @ 04:49 PM
US to bomb Guam with dead mice
In a desperate attempt to kill off two million brown tree snakes that are plaguing the territory of Guam, the US is bombing the island with
poisoned dead mice, hoping that the snakes will eat them.
I found this article a few days ago and as a Herpetologist I have major mixed feelings on the situation. I understand the massive destruction this
invasive species(normally found in Northern Australia and Papa New Guinea) is responsible for. They have almost wiped out the native bird population
of Guam and cause damage to power lines. I do admit that something must be done, but I am not sure this is the way to go about it. Although Brown Tree
Snakes(Boiga irregularis) are poisonous, the poison is basically harmless to adult Humans(serious problems are with children due to their smaller
bodies, but it is easy enough to deal with unlike many other poisonous species) so it is not a situation where they are a danger to Humans per say, at
least directly, but indirectly anything that hurts or damages an ecosystem does in fact effect the Human population in one form or another.
I am of the opinion that when the food sources dwindle the species will die off to manageable levels and it is a case of how nature balances itself.
The problem is that the U.S. Government has decided to step in and deal with it rather than let it follow the natural course due to a fear of the
situation spreading to Hawaii. The poison the Government is using is nothing more than a mild sedative to most animals including Humans, but is fatal
to the snakes. Unfortunately, it is also fatal to many species of birds as well and it could further the eradication of the natural bird species and
other carnivorous animals in the area not to mention the massive amount of decomposition going on. Decomp can have the tendency of spreading disease,
which in turn could lead to deadly disease that can effect the Human species which could be spread world wide by travelers.
The problem was caused by Brown tree Snakes being transported to Guam by U.S. Naval Ships and Air Planes as stowaways after WWII and was ignored until
now due to the possibility of the situation spreading to Hawaii.
In a new article posted today, PETA mad about bombing Guam with dead mice
, PETA has begun to
The US government’s plan to bomb Guam with poisoned dead mice has sparked outrage among animal rights activists who have
referred to the plan as a “clumsy dangerous massacre” of the snakes that have made their home on the island.
The basic problem of the situation is that capture and relocation or euthanization could not be done fast enough to overcome the speed of breading
therefore something faster needs to be implemented in order to gain control over the situation. The problem that PETA has with it all is that it can
take weeks for the snakes to die and therefore they suffer. I know most people say, "Good, KILL them ALL they are just snakes" but I think there has
to be a better way.
With this species taking over there are, by default, other species that are dieing off due to the loss of prey but by killing off the invasive species
it allows the population of food to out way the prey and another species will simply take the snakes place. Is the balance of nature beyond repair?
What say you ATS?