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Grey Squirrel birth control


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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55817385
 

“The bizarre-sounding plan is to lure grey squirrels into feeding boxes only they can access with little pots containing hazelnut spread.

These would be spiked with an oral contraceptive.”

Unlucky grey squirrels. Interesting plan. ‘Look they are so happy eating their hazelnut spread’ 

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1 hour ago, Ash4781b said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55817385
 

“The bizarre-sounding plan is to lure grey squirrels into feeding boxes only they can access with little pots containing hazelnut spread.

These would be spiked with an oral contraceptive.”

Unlucky grey squirrels. Interesting plan. ‘Look they are so happy eating their hazelnut spread’ 

You know, depending on your perspective, you could read that story as a metaphor in a few different ways.

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I’d rather they make efforts to reintroduce Pine Martens: https://www.britishredsquirrel.org/grey-squirrels/pine-martin/

I suppose tricking them into sterilising themselves being the preferred modus operandi of “enlightened environmentalists” tells its own story about the zeitgeist among the elite.

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22 hours ago, Ash4781b said:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-55817385
 

“The bizarre-sounding plan is to lure grey squirrels into feeding boxes only they can access with little pots containing hazelnut spread.

These would be spiked with an oral contraceptive.”

Unlucky grey squirrels. Interesting plan. ‘Look they are so happy eating their hazelnut spread’ 

They are doing the same to control rats in some parts of the world.

I think the logic is that killing vermin just creates an empty territory that another breeding pair of the species can occupy so it never really controls the population for long. Sterilising the animal means they occupy an area  keeping out other members of the species but don't reproduce. It is thought that is a better way of keeping the numbers down

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