Guam – A variety of national news media are running an Associated Press story on the U.S. Government’s plans to air-drop toxic mice on Guam in order to kill brown tree snakes.
“Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam’s jungle canopy,” writes the AP’s Eric Talmadge. The story has been picked up by the Huffington Post, NPR and a variety of local newspapers stateside. According to the report, the “mouse drop is set to start in April or May.”
The mice will be stuffed with acetaminophen, which is a common ingredient in painkillers like Tylenol. Acetaminophen is harmless to humans, but deadly to the Brown Tree Snake, according to the AP report.
The report also quotes Daniel Vice, who is the Assistant State Director of U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services for Hawaii, Guam, and the Pacific Islands.
“We are taking this to a new phase,” Vice told the AP.
There has been no confirmation of, or public announcement about this program by any GovGuam official. Nor has it been announced by any Federal officials stationed here on Guam.