Parachuting poisoned mice to combat tree snakes on Guam | Pacific Beat

Parachuting poisoned mice to combat tree snakes on Guam

Parachuting poisoned mice to combat tree snakes on Guam

Updated 27 February 2013, 18:22 AEDT

Guam's noxious brown tree snakes are about to come up against a deadly new enemy - parachuting mice.

The US Department of Agriculture is going to air drop dead mice laced with a sedative deadly to the bird-killing predator around the island's Andersen Air Force Base over the next couple of months.

There's concern the brown tree snake could find its way to Hawaii by hitching a ride on the Air Force planes that use the base.

Daniel Vice, assistant state director of US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services in Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Islands tells Heather Jarvis that this may seem like a lot of work to control a snake, but it's a serious threat to wildlife anywhere it gets established.

Presenter: Heather Jarvis

Speaker: Daniel Vice, assistant state director of US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services in Hawaii, Guam and the Pacific Islands

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