USA Drops Thousands of Dead Mice on Guam

PhilHaney by PhilHaney on Dec. 04, 2013

 

 

Can you imagine thousands of mice parachuting in from the sky? What if the airborne mice were DEAD? While this may sound like the premise of a new Sci-Fi Channel original horror flick from the makers of Sharknado, it was actually an initiative by the US Department of Agriculture to help combat brown tree snakes which have taken over the US territory. The dead mice were filled with pain killers and flown into Guam with the purpose of killing the snakes which have wreaked havoc since the 1940’s and 50’s when they came to the island via cargo ships. The main problem with letting the snakes over populate is that they eat birds and lizards and have even caused species to go extinct. There are estimated to be over two million of the snakes in Guam.

 

 

The mice paratroopers flew in on cardboard and tissue paper parachutes which sounds adorable except for the part with them being dead (if they were undead now that would be a cool new Adult Swim cartoon.) Once on the ground the brown snakes will hopefully eat the mice which are loaded with enough acetaminophen to kill a snake but not other animals.

 

 

The USDA’s snake fighting program has cost around 8 million dollars so far.

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105 comments
Hoofster
Hoofster User

So we spend millions of dollars to remove species that don't belong, yet we also spend millions of dollars to fund social programs for immigrants that don't belong. Murica

zingz87
zingz87 User

Why does a DEAD mouse need a parachute?

toucH420
toucH420 User

little do u know but the locals are cutting those mice open and taking the painkiller for themselves, thanks america!

zahnd
zahnd User

I think they should fly over the areas playing Kanye Wests new album right before drop off.  This will ensure that they will all have headaches and be forced to choke down that rat...hungry or not.

zahnd
zahnd User

ok...for 8 million dollars, you could employ 100,000 red necks with snake shot .22 ammo to tromp though the woods in a 5 foot spaced line for a few hours a day.  would be much more effective.

Benny Broager Posche
Benny Broager Posche

I hope this is fake, because it is a total Waste of Money and time. Snakes don't eat dead prey.

Roger Adkins
Roger Adkins

If they're dead why do they need a parachute?

Jim Dunmire
Jim Dunmire

The person who thought this up must have gone to the same school as the Obamacare web developer.

Michele Misurelli Gillis
Michele Misurelli Gillis

uh yeah, they did....but doesnt mean this approach is the best decision...tylenol is toxic to lots of animals...I hope this dosent have disastrous results

Jim Dunmire
Jim Dunmire

But don't the snakes prefer them live?

Mariusz Mirek
Mariusz Mirek

No food for homeless people in the States, they want to cut military pay, but yet they have money for this bullshit? It's a fuckin joke, how the government just gets away with this shit.

Fu-q-brake
Fu-q-brake User

Yeah but they should use a bunch of dead Floridians.

Nothin but old Canadians and white trash. 

Or is that Floridites?

Ah, who care).

GrtWhtVvvV
GrtWhtVvvV User

thousands of mice for 2million+ snakes????

Did not math good

generic_name
generic_name User

Now if we could ONLY do this with a bunch of Venti Soy Mocha Latte Fraps with Nonfat whip over San Francisco, we might actually have a shot of saving this God-Forsaken state.

Clyde Cameron
Clyde Cameron

Why not use live Liberals and save the cost of a parachute?

Alanx Passauer
Alanx Passauer

I live on Guam... First its raining rats, then its raining cats and dogs.

Alexandra Busato
Alexandra Busato

so this is wat watr with snakes is like XD are they stupid? snakes don't attack anything cold and dead it has to be warm and moving

Roberto Garcia
Roberto Garcia

So...America is spending money on that but not on repairing itself? How embarrassing.

Erin Klegin
Erin Klegin

I thought snakes would only hit a moving warm target though?

Prudhvi Raj
Prudhvi Raj

I still don't understand why dead rats need parachute to land crazy military minds

Mick Lovin
Mick Lovin

"You're doing it right..." for 8 million dollars I would move to Guam & kill every last damn snake for them, without wasting the time to put little cardboard & tissue paper parachutes on drugged up dead mice...

Mick Lovin
Mick Lovin

they want them to get hung up in the trees where the snakes will get them... or so the article said.

LostKeys
LostKeys User

Wait... If you jump off something when you're dead, wont hitting the ground make you alive? They're going to populate this island with zombie mice? we're fucked.

David Davies
David Davies

so you think they spent millions before having a biologist think this mind boggling problem through?

Saab Kuhn
Saab Kuhn

Innovation better then Trillions spent on useless wars .

Debra Jennings
Debra Jennings

Wait, is the parachute still attached when the snake goes to eat it? I'm sure they won't mind...

thwoom
thwoom User

@Benny Broager Posche my snake (corn snake) ate exclusively dead mice.

zahnd
zahnd User

@Michele Misurelli Gillis did you not read!??? they did calculations on the dose man!