Nuz Bazan, Csilla (CPIN) – In the wake of the Chiss Ascendancy’s New Blue Deal program, their attempt at minimizing construction on Csilla and promoting a return of wildlife, many urban citizens are left wondering where that leaves them.
Cheth’ogma’nopski took to Chiss media and posed the question, “How do I kill the 30-50 feral Vulptex that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?”
His question swiftly went viral and was met with immense ridicule. But, if the image of 30-50 wild Vulptex roaming around a yard seems surreal to you, it may be because you don’t live near one of these Csilla regrowth efforts, where large groups of feral Vulptex are, according to one expert spoken to, “actually a huge problem.”
This hasn’t stopped Cheth’ogma’nopski’s response from being widely mocked on Chiss media due to the image it evokes, however. The feral Vulptex have also been woven into media posts gaining heavy traction:
“A Vulptex ate my baby!” – said user HowRemusMetThresk on MyChiss
“Oh boy! Here I go killing again!” – said R3iu$layer36 on a viral Chisstagram post
However, while Cheth’ogma’nopski’s plea has provided some well-needed levity, the reality is that large groups of feral Vulptex are an actual problem across parts of Csilla.
CPIN artists have provided the above geographical map depicting areas most afflicted by this recent uptick in Vulptex.
Theryl’upi’nskri, an expert in invasive species who has spent long nights studying the Vulptex in her area, told CPIN, “They are actually a huge problem, both on private property and public lands. They live in groups of up to 60 of those pests. They are very harmful to Chiss because when they eat, they upturn the ground to get things out which can unsettle the ice.”
According to estimates from the Chiss Union of Produce (CUP), feral Vulptex cause 1.5 billion credits in damage nationwide every year. Meanwhile, the Chiss Office of Conservation (COC) has declared feral Vulptex, “invasive pests that need to be eliminated from Csilla,” that can, “destroy an ice field in a single night.”
Does this mean Chiss should have access to high-powered blasters to deal with the problem?
Theryl’upi’nskri says no. “If you go after them with a blaster, your chances of getting all of them at once are pretty much nil, even if there are only like 10 of them,” she says. “So the ones that survive often scatter, and because of how quickly they can breed, that creates more groups and impacts new land. Plus a lot of times they’ll end up coming back. From what we’ve seen, we know that hunting is not effective at eliminating feral Vulptex. A shoot-on-sight strategy was encouraged for over 20 days. During that time, the feral Vulptex population continued to grow.”
So what should you do in these trying times? Grand Syndic Remus Soran has preached that this issue is under control and that COC is working hard to find a more permanent solution. Citizens should continue to live their lives like normal, though proceed with additional caution at night.
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