Mouse plague: bromadialone will obliterate mice, but it’ll poison eagles, snakes and owls, too

It’s the smell that hits you first. The scent of urine and decomposing bodies. Then you notice other signs: scuttles and squeaks, small dead bodies leaking blood, tails sticking out of hubcaps. If you’ve lived through a mouse plague, you’ve seen this, and smelled the stench of mice dying of poison baits. As a desperate measure to help combat the mouse plague devastating rural communities across New South Wales, the state government yesterday secured 5,000 litres of bromadialone. This is a bait that’s usually illegal to roll out at the proposed scale. This is a bad idea. While bromadiolone effectively kills mice, it also travels up the food chain to poison predators who eat the mice, and other species. And these predators, from wedge-tailed eagles to goannas, are coming in out in droves to feast on their abundant prey.

Source: Mouse plague: bromadialone will obliterate mice, but it’ll poison eagles, snakes and owls, too

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