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ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam (AP) -- Dead mice laced with painkillers are about to rain down on Guam's jungle canopy. They are scientists' prescription for a headache that has caused the tiny U.S. territory misery for more than 60 years: the brown tree snake.

Most of Guam's native bird species are extinct because of the snake, which reached the island's thick jungles by hitching rides from the South Pacific on U.S. military ships shortly after World War II. There may be 2 million of the reptiles on Guam now, decimating wildlife, biting residents and even knocking out electricity by slithering onto power lines.

More than 3,000 miles away, environmental officials in Hawaii have long feared a similar invasion

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So we are going to bomb the snakes. With B-52's?

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Because this couldn't possibly have negative consequences among other species that eat rodents. Brilliant.

And before anyone says "but the experts say it won't" all I wanna say is:

hDAE8B9D1

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Anyone disturbed that the poison is Tylenol ... ? :s

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We are always at war with something it seems. :D

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Anyone disturbed that the poison is Tylenol ... ? :s

I haven't taken that since the big problem back in the 80's with the tampering.

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Anyone disturbed that the poison is Tylenol ... ? :s

Many people don't know it, but acetaminophen (Tylenol etc.) has a toxic dose that is, relatively speaking, a low multiple of its therapeutic dose. As such, an acetaminophen overdose is the #1 cause of acute liver failure in the US.

Not a problem if you are young & healthy AND stick to the recommended doses, but if you are older or have conditions or take meds or supplements that allow it to build up in your system things can get nasty.

Bottom line: not a bad poison, bur a slow one.

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