Think YOU’VE got mice? MILLIONS of field mice are overrunning farms in Germany, gobbling up crops and reducing yields by as much as 50%. It’s the worst mouse plague in over 30 years.
Getting birds of prey to hunt the mice didn’t help. Der Spiegel quotes farm spokesman Reinhard Kopp as saying, "The birds got so fat from eating all the mice that they almost couldn’t fly any more, but they still couldn’t keep up."
Now farmers want to be allowed to use a rat poison called Ratron, which has been banned since 2008, after it killed wild geese. Should they look for a pied piper?