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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘invasive species’

2,000 Doped Up Mice Dropped on Guam to Battle Snakes

Federal officials on Sunday dropped 2,000 mice full of painkillers onto the unincorporated western Pacific U.S. territory of Guam, in order to combat the invasive brown tree snake, which has devastated the bird population in the region. Shortly after World War II, the mildly venomous Boiga irregularis was accidentally transported from its native range in the South Pacific to Guam, …

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Tsunami Debris Still Headed to US, Just No Island

UPDATE: Nicholas Mallos, Ocean Conservancy’s marine debris specialist, said this with regard to clarifications from the NOAA about the reports of a “Texas-sized” island: “Following the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan a tremendous quantity of debris washed into the Pacific and began heading toward North America. While this debris was initially a solid mass, NOAA is right to indicate that …

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Lionfish Invasion a Disaster in the Atlantic

The venomous lionfish, an invasive species in the Atlantic, has been multiplying to the point of becoming an ecological disaster. Graham Maddocks, president and founder of Ocean Support Foundation, says that “The lionfish invasion is probably the worst environmental disaster the Atlantic will ever face.” And the problem has only just begun. The lionfish, which reproduces quickly, and eats almost …

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Cat-Sized Rats on the Prowl in the Florida Keys

Cat-Sized rats have been showing their whiskers in the Florida Keys. These gigantic rodents are called Gambian giant pouch rats and their rate of reproduction has allowed them to overcome efforts to eradicate the creatures for the past four years. They can produce 20 offspring within nine months. One concern of officials in Miami is that this species could migrate …

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