The Implausibility of Possum Peppering
I read "Heavens aligning for fiery possum cure" and was mildly stunned that this was taken seriously enough to be considered "news". Even more stunned that this may actually be being considered. I was going to write a post about this but feel that this post by Alison Campbell does the job well. Hat tip to SciBlogs for syndicating this.
This morning's Waikato Times carried the following headline: Heavens aligning for fiery possium cure. Now, there's a lot of pressure on to find viable alternatives to 1080 as a means of controlling possums, but somehow I don't think the method described in the Times story is going to take off.
The news item tells us that possum skins burnt to ashes under the right alignment of the Moon and stars could be an alternative to 1080 - & the group promoting this is asking for $330,000 of Environment Waikato funding to demonstrate it. My first thought, on reading this, was 'you have to be joiking!' Subsequent thoughts were much the same. Why?
Read more on Alison's post, including, hopefully, an insight on how it was received via the brother of one of the commenters.