Friday, September 24, 2010

When Will They Ever Learn

When will people ever learn that the answer to most problems with animal or insect pests is NOT to import some other species of animal or insect? (Haven't they listened to "There was an old lady who swallowed a fly"?)

Like many urban areas, Brooklyn had quite a problem with rats. Then someone had the bright idea of bringing in and releasing possums. This was based on the theory that the possums would eat the rats. Great solution, right?

Wrong! The possums didn't eat the rats. Instead, they settled in right alongside them and joined them in feeding on garbage. and on fruit trees. So now Brooklyn has a problem with rats and possums.



Birdwoman said...

I think the answer is that they won't learn. This is typical of how we deal with "problems" in Nature. Just ask any of your neighbors who spread "weed and feed" fertilizers over their lawn twice (or even more often) per year. Or ask the HOAs that encourage them to do it.

Jeff said...

It's infuriating, isn't it? I'd love to have a "wilder" front yard but the HOA won't allow it. Luckily, the backyard is outside of their control.