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More dead mice airdropped to kill snakes on Guam

HAGÅTÑA (The Guam Daily Post) — The military and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services conducted an airdrop of bait to continue efforts to combat the invasive brown tree snake. The airdrop was conducted March 11 to 15 at Andersen Air Force Base’s habitat unit.

The system of dropping acetaminophen-laced dead mice has been part of a yearslong campaign to reduce the presence of the invasive brown tree snake and to help protect Guam’s native birds such as the sihek, or Guam Micronesian kingfisher; and ko’ko’, or the Guam rail. This most recent effort is part of a Department of Defense-funded project associated with the Marine Corps realignment, Joint Region Marianas stated in a release.

“The introduction of the Aerial (Delivery) System into this new phase enhances landscape-level conservation efforts on Guam in our ongoing battle against the brown tree snake,” said Robert “Goose” Gosnell, Wildlife Services state director on Guam.

Continuous improvement is key, said John Salas, Joint Region Marianas regional environmental director.

“As we increase the effectiveness of Guam’s snake-control technology, we also increase the chances that we can bring back our native seed dispersers like the sali (starling) and fanihi (fruit bat) to heal our forests,” he said in the press release.

The strategy calls for more air drops during the middle of the year.