On 29/10/2011, at 7:40 AM, Bob Cochran wrote:
> On 10/28/11 4:43 AM, Alex Gibson wrote:
>> Here's an article on how annoying possums can be
> Yes, your possums are tough! I think your scientists need to develop
> possum birth control powders!
My father's cousin did exactly that, in New Zealand, using a biological parasite that only
affects possums. It was tested and ready to go, when Australia pulled rank and requested
that it be shelved - because someone would bring it to Australia. Hell, I would :)
It was ingenious, merely reducing population levels without causing suffering or wiping
them out anywhere… but I forget many of the detailed facts.
He's the same guy responsible for eliminating hydatids from New Zealand. When they
successfully eradicate them from China as well, he has a Nobel prize coming…