So, evidently Guam has a population explosion of brown tree snakes, which have been gobbling up the other local fauna, and which environmental officials worry may spread, via aircraft, to Hawaii.
But scientists have a plan:
In April or May they’re going to lace dead mice with painkillers, attach them to little parachutes, drop them from helicopters and hope that they get snagged in the jungle foliage. Then, if all goes well, the snakes—which, as their name implies, hang out in trees—will eat the mice and die from ingesting the painkillers’ active ingredients.I think it’s the tiny parachutes that really make this story. I really do.