At Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, soldiers pass the time by hunting Praire dogs. The little critters, which upon first sight seem like cute, have turned into an infestation problem in the area. “There is no way to know how many there are,” said Nicholas Lester, 5th Civil Engineer Squadron pest management supervisor, in a press release from 2019. “We eliminate three to five thousand a year. To say there are over ten thousand is a justifiable estimate.” Blow darts are forbidden in base housing, however since the base has caused the removal of natural predators, the population has grown exponentially. A Facebook post warns Airmen against using blow darts from their houses, since they are considered weapons and not allowed on the premises. “Security Forces is aware of the problem and will take action if you are discovered using them,” it states.
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