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Why Can't We Just Kill Off Invasive Species?

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Shadab Ghafar (2 hours ago)
Best host on scishow!
Grimmm 258 (5 hours ago)
Why is meat harder to digest than plants? I thought a plant's cell wall would make them harder to digest, but I've heard otherwise
Sacha Mathelet (20 hours ago)
"Invasive species can completely wreck an ecosystem". Why did I IMMEDIATELY think about us humans.
gabo1841997 (22 hours ago)
How about the most invasive species of all? US
Tyneisha Bowens (23 hours ago)
This is a science show. Can we stay accurate and stop calling colonizers and invasive humans "explorers"? Thanks.
garrett holder (23 hours ago)
People care too much about the feral cats to do what needs to be done. TNR is not scientific.
Doug Fairweather (1 day ago)
Well put - Thanks!
Applehead Defender (1 day ago)
RoseOfTheNight4444 (1 day ago)
One man's pest is another man's pet. Any species can be invasive; mosquitoes are invasive but killing them would kill off other species.
like if introducing new species was a human thing, i mean the earth has been for a while when a species becomes extremely succesfull others come for that species in a while, probable will take more than a human life to take place but thats life at its finest, when something grows super fast other species will come after you and the cycle begins again
MagicSteel1 (1 day ago)
PvP salt is stronk here
David Gutowski (1 day ago)
What'd they do with all of that fresh meat?
6x7 (1 day ago)
Waste of time
Titan Shiven (2 days ago)
Short answer- because humans are invasive so it would be hypocritical to do that.
Me and I (2 days ago)
Fixing ecological issues like these makes me think of cartoons where the character is trying to repair a leak, so they plug it, and then another leak appears. When you think you've applied a solution to your unbalanced ecosystem, turns out there's something else that needs fixing.
KaMau Mau (2 days ago)
An invasive species blaming another invasive species for damage. That's hilarious.
Kahlia Blake (2 days ago)
Cats have been the main contributor to over 30 species extinctions in Australia since European settlement...
Syllabaphet J (2 days ago)
Is it possible to inject an animal with a substance that will only make an organism produce gametes of a single gender?
He put on some chub!!!
Richard Joyce (2 days ago)
Earths most invasive species? Homosapiens.
Richard Joyce (2 days ago)
"We put a lot of time and money into protecting the earth not destroying it" wow the world must seem so beautiful through your rose tinted glasses, we as a species have spent far more time money and energy destroying this world than doing good, what do you think war and industrialisation do to the world, please wake up and smell the.. oh never mind the u.s. military just bombed it and the half mile surrounding it including twenty innocent civillians with loved ones and famalies because there was a guy who was a terrorist threat to a country a thousand miles away with the largest armed force in human history and an itchy trigger finger and a soft spot for defencless countries, remind me again what terrorist means i dont think the americans know yet.
Mordant221 (2 days ago)
Give me and a few other guys an annual income of $55k, some Ruger 10/22's, a couple million .22LR's, and we'll spend 8hrs a day/5dys a week hunting toads. Within 20yrs, we can guarantee they'll be extinct.
tmazz85 (3 days ago)
https://youtu.be/P9yruQM1ggc The mcQuarrie island scenario reminded me of this Simpsons episode.
christina :] (3 days ago)
No, there called regular species, we just killed off most other species, and we took their home.
JordanGB (3 days ago)
Don’t talk about my rabbits
Huge Heftner (3 days ago)
Mongooses name is herpes. Damn
Michael Cleaver (3 days ago)
“Meat ants” sound like a great idea 😂
Nova Shockwave (3 days ago)
Immigrants in Europe.
Erica X (3 days ago)
Do a part 2! Lake Michigan and Asian Carp with Pythons in Florida!
S Vukovic (4 days ago)
Never heard about this. Poor cats. They just wanted food and sleep all day. Just roll with their fur and have sex. That's all
InterstellarBread (4 days ago)
Solution: Dinosaurs, tons of them.
ILLUMINATI (4 days ago)
Gonzalo Castro (4 days ago)
Why is "eRaditation" spelled with a single "R" and not a pair ("RR")?
At least in some places like Florida and New Orleans, if you can’t beat them, eat them. Florida has a very bad lion fish and iguana problem. People are hunting them for food. New Orleans has a bad wild pig problem. They get hunted for food. It’s because of invasive species stories like this I don’t mind eating meat.
Lilly Dee (4 days ago)
So, Australia is a bunch of hypocrites trying to save native species from cats, when they are the ones who hunted the Tasmanian Devil, White Throated Penguin, King Island Emu among others into extinction. Not to mention what they did to the native humans that were on the island before them.
Ryan (4 days ago)
So basically buy guns and dogs
nathancombs11 (4 days ago)
I do my best ;)
Hammer Smith (4 days ago)
Mongoose/mongeese/mongus make extremely good pets especially for toddlers. They're naturally child friendly. And they will protect a child. There are a few native American stories of wolverine fighting back bear and large packs of wolves for lost indian children. If im not mistaken I think the claim is the childrens voices attracts the wolverine. I've seen hunting ferrets fend off bulldogs. And whether you want to admit it or not you owe your life to the weasel specie. Who donthink invented the hammering implement? Do you think it was a human? No
pokenei (4 days ago)
Try getting rid of the most invasive species of earth a.k.a homosapiens.
Xeno_Gamer 9 (4 days ago)
*Short Answer: because white supremacists don't want to die off*
LolloBlue96 (4 days ago)
Besides being hard to eradicate? Animal "rights" activists bitching, I assume.
Hiba Larabi (4 days ago)
I'd marry this guy xD
Taric Alani (4 days ago)
Woah, Michael looks horrible.
Gina Castillo (5 days ago)
Please make a video talking about how to eradicate invasive plants
colt45 (5 days ago)
This is why i shoot all the cats that step foot on my property. I had lots of chipmunks but now there all gone because of Farrell cats.
Jimmy Phat Tits (5 days ago)
Can't people just go around shooting the toads?
jon jaquez (5 days ago)
This guy dresses like I did in 5th grade
theLegoian712 (5 days ago)
You know you’re species is hard core if Australia can’t manage to kill you
Alpha Tango (5 days ago)
Because genocide ain't cheap
Xavier Mahele (5 days ago)
I strongly recommend “the new wild” by Fred Pearce!
Luke Lim (5 days ago)
ok...im suddenly reminded of the genophage in Mass Effects series....damn it Mordin die for this project :,( Anyway it felt really scary about this whole population control and eradication method. I hope such methods wont be use on humanity one day...or has it?
Arpan Chaubey (5 days ago)
"Invasive" species are called so because the organisms it can kill outnumbers the organisms (and ways) that can kill *it*. I mean, it's just not good for the balance of the ecosystem. If you look at Humans, they're the wimpiest turds moving around. But as soon as you consider their self-made machinery (like say NUKES and stuff), they begin looking like GODS. To save the life of a single human baby, we would gladly kill off dozens of predators. On the other hand, the end of the whole "megafauna" is not even one human-button away. We keep them alive so that we can eat and wear them. Also, we want to entertain our children's asses at the zoo. Basically, they can all die off when WE want so. WE control them. WE control the world. WE, are the biggest invasive species that ever was!!!!!!!!!!
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Joseph Rialon (6 days ago)
Y u guys use all the same voice
Guess Who (6 days ago)
It's unethical. That's why.
uwu owo (6 days ago)
The cane toad story is my favourite tale of invasive species. I learned it in middle school, and to this day it makes me laugh and fear. Those toads are coming for us
samljer (6 days ago)
"before you face palm too hard" lol too late.
5:14 finally, damn!😧
Sonia x Knuckles (6 days ago)
Transport to original place.
Relaxing Gaming (6 days ago)
Y'all realize we are the most invasive species on this planet x))))))
Phillip Carpenter (6 days ago)
Because it's racist.
Life is Sour (5 days ago)
Phillip Carpenter look that word up
Yellow Banana Clod (6 days ago)
Cats are part of a invasive species
oldcowbb (6 days ago)
when you bring high level player to the newbie server
Alyssa Alcantara (6 days ago)
This guy barely blinks
Big Dee (6 days ago)
who controls the human invasive??
Life is Sour (5 days ago)
Big Dee we do. China has rules for population control and so should the rest of the world
Cane toad's close rival in Australia - the Indian Minor Bird - Hell with wings also - How the hell can humans exterminate so many species intentionally and then when it comes to invasive species they just leave it to another species
Md. Faisal Mahmud (6 days ago)
Kill off Invasive species... Hmm Would any of us be living then? 🤔
Unknow0059 # (6 days ago)
That one about the island is an invasive species nightmare.
funstuff81girl (6 days ago)
I love that at the end of the day, the most effective method is paying hunters.
Nick Martino (6 days ago)
Light we need you and the death note
FeelTheRave (6 days ago)
Kill all wasps and roaches
Evanston Conner (6 days ago)
I hace a biblical cane toad joke. What do you call a toad that kills its brother cane and you call the brother able
dragonfistbs (7 days ago)
Worst invasion - Lionfish in Atlantic :(
IronSquid501 (7 days ago)
So it's true. Every problem can be solved with dogs.
You Only Live (7 days ago)
Zaf Khan (7 days ago)
Invasive are only humans. Taking lands and destroying habitats.
ReviewEverything (7 days ago)
Bruh the guy got T H I C C
Anton-Constantin (7 days ago)
Why can't all living beings go extinct?
Frank Medrocillo (7 days ago)
Need to put more photos of toads and other pest, less face
Harry PAnnU ! (7 days ago)
Wait what happened to your hair and body??
Ashley Gozdor (7 days ago)
I feel like I am being a little bit stupid here but why can't you just introduce a bunch of predators that are spayed and neutered like we do with dogs? Like, they take down a good portion of the other invasive species and eventually they die out and take care of getting rid of themselves.
Yasha Chatab (7 days ago)
Heya Michael Aranda: the "explorers" you mentioned in the video were in fact INVADERS. "Colonists" who go to places where they can (force natives) grow commercial crops. They're the mongoose of human civilizations across the globe... and that's not including the diseases they bring along.
Zaarc Baan (7 days ago)
Shot all the Cats ? FU!
MrUranium238 (7 days ago)
poor cats
Box Addict (7 days ago)
Nature does it
Thomas Johnson (7 days ago)
"There was an old lady who swallowed a fly" .... anyone????
William Lancto (7 days ago)
One I'd like to see removed in the Norway maple in the US. They create very dense shade and prevent many native species from germinating under them and provide little food for native wildlife. Honestly have a hard time understanding why they were even introduced, native species like red maple are salt and pollution resistant (good for street trees), grow nearly as quickly, and have better fall foliage.
NotSo FatCat (7 days ago)
im down to join a global militia and go around killing off as meany invasive species as we can.. lol make a coat out of cat and rat skins and in my python skin slippers ill eat some lion fish stew
CoonJiz (7 days ago)
They're all part of an ecosystem.
Wolf Ancap (7 days ago)
Humans are the most aggressive invasive species ever.
bushputz (7 days ago)
There was an old lady who swallowed a fly...
DigitalYojimbo (7 days ago)
lies, cane toads were introduced to Australia by Bart Simpson.
Johnny Boulware (7 days ago)
Why does he look like is is trying the 100 layer challenge
R D (7 days ago)
Or you could bring me there with my 50 and I'll feed the poor
Sallie Skakel (7 days ago)
If only we could convince the Chinese that cane toad skins were an aphrodisiac. Market forces would wipe out cane toads in Australia. Problem solved.
Ian (7 days ago)
Deport the grey squirrels, they're killing the red squirrels.
So we should bio-engineer hunter dogs to hunt specific invasive species and then take the dogs back out the ecosystem? Because to me it sort of sounds like a good idea
fkhg1 (7 days ago)
the most invasive species … the cats that we even protect and adopt them when ever ppl can …
Jessica Meyer (7 days ago)
Great job! I have a certificate in Invasive species and in fact we are still teaching! Randy Westbrookes is one of the best teachers! If you are interested the North American Invasive specifies Counsel is giving the course. Contact me if interested!
stabulous Koda (7 days ago)
You're telling me there's nothing already in Australia that can kill a road.. I don't think you're looking very hard.. it is Australia there's probably a few things just chilling ha

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