The Epoch Times
A rat eradication program has been launched on two B.C. islands in an effort to protect seabird populations that are being threatened by the rodents.
With the aim being to kill every single rat, 400 bait stations have been set up on Arichika and Bischof Islands in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve on Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands).
The rats are responsible for decimating songbird and seabird populations on the islands, says Gregg Howald, North America regional director of Island Conservation, one of the organizations involved in the project along with Parks Canada and others.
After ingesting the poisonous bait from the stations, which are placed at 50-metre intervals, the rats have time to retreat to their burrows before they die, says Howald. However, crews will be checking to collect any that die above ground.
Getting rid of the rats is part of a project that aims to restore seabird colonies—particularly ancient murrelet populations—that were hard hit by oil leaking from the S.S. Jacob Luckenbach, a freighter that sank in 1953 about 17 miles southwest of the Golden Gate Bridge in Los Angeles.
Posted on: May 11, 2015
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