Here’s A Government Extermination Program That’s Both Wacky And Budget Friendly [OPINION]
At first I thought this was a joke but on further research I've determined this is too logical to be a government program. The U.S. territory of Guam is being overrun with brown tree snakes and they have no known predators. The snakes are not native to Guam and it's thought they were accidentally brought to the island by ships during World War II. These snakes have multiplied to the point that they have nearly eradicated the bird population.
You would think some government bureaucrat would devise some costly plan to wipe out the snakes but more frugal minds have prevailed. Instead of initiating a costly study followed by some even more costly eradication program a more natural solution has been devised. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined that acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol is poisonous to the brown tree snake. A plan has been put in place to airdrop thousands of dead newborn baby mice laced with Tylenol onto the island.
Genius! No hunting, no trapping....just feed the snakes. Problem solved. Hopefully the carcasses of the dead brown tree snakes won't endanger other wildlife.
Planes fly into and out of Andersen Air Force Base on Guam on a daily basis so there should not be any added fuel cost. Just open the ramp on a C-131 and 'bombs away'. problem solved. Since they snakes are not native to Guam I hope some environmental group doesn't torpedo this effort claiming cruelty to the snakes or the already dead mice.
Too bad this sort of outside the box thinking can't find it's way into more levels of government.