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  1. #1 Florida tries to wipe out cat-sized African rats 
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    GRASSY KEY, Florida (Reuters) - Deep in the heart of the Florida Keys, wildlife officials are laying bait laced with poison to try to wipe out a colony of enormous African rats that could threaten crops and other animals.

    U.S. federal and state officials are beginning the final phase of a two-year project to eradicate the Gambian pouched rats, which can grow to the size of a cat and began reproducing in the remote area about eight years ago.

    "This is the only place in the United States where this is occurring," said Gary Witmer, a biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colorado.

    "They don't belong here and they need to be controlled."

    A former exotic pet breeder, living in a small house, bred the species and allowed the critters to escape.

    Without eradication, wildlife officials fear the rats could eventually make their way onto the Florida mainland where they could quickly destroy fragile ecosystems.

    "They could cause a lot of damage," Witmer said.

    In Zimbabwe, for example, ravenous Gambian rats are blamed for damaging nut and young pea crops.



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    A little barbeque sauce. some new potatos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    A little barbeque sauce. some new potatos.
    That thing looks more like a little hog around the mouth than a rat .Them baby back ribs are sure getting smaller these days !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    A little barbeque sauce. some new potatos.
    Leave it to an okie.... :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by megimoo View Post
    That thing looks more like a little hog around the mouth than a rat .Them baby back ribs are sure getting smaller these days !
    But tha tail's getting bigger! ;)
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    This is why I'd never live in Florida. All of the vermin is at least twice the size it should be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    This is why I'd never live in Florida. All of the vermin is at least twice the size it should be.
    That's why you would never live here? That's way down on my list of reasons to leave.
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    Number one is the heat. Number two is the humidity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linda22003 View Post
    Number one is the heat. Number two is the humidity.

    #3 has to be all the senior citizens with driver's licenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    #3 has to be all the senior citizens with driver's licenses.
    They tend to all live in the same areas. We all know where they are and do our best to avoid them.

    I can't even imagine how great my hair would look living somewhere else.:p
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