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Rats eliminated at Palmyra Atoll

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 05:28 a.m. HST, Jan 29, 2013



Conservationists say they've successfully eliminated harmful, non-native rats from remote, uninhabited Palmyra Atoll.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Island Conservation said Monday they used rodenticide to kill the rats. Scientists confirmed last year the island is now rat-free.

Rats were likely introduced to the atoll about 1,000 miles south of Honolulu during World War II. The rat population on the 600-acre atoll grew as high as 30,000.

The rodents are harmful on Palmyra because they eat the eggs and chicks of native birds. They also eat land crabs and the seeds and seedlings of native tree species.

University of California, Santa Cruz researchers have detected a sharp increase in native tree seedlings, spiders, crabs and other indigenous species since the rats were killed off.







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Bdpapa wrote:
Now, if we can get rid of the rats in the square building on Beretania.
on January 29,2013 | 04:54AM
Mythman wrote:
ditto ditto ditto
on January 29,2013 | 05:33AM
loquaciousone wrote:
No rat poison is strong enough for that job.
on January 29,2013 | 06:38AM
saveparadise wrote:
We must try harder, they are hurting the indigenous species here.....the people!
on January 29,2013 | 07:51AM
Maipono wrote:
Our rats are different, they think that they are actually helping us.
on January 29,2013 | 10:14AM
silvangold wrote:
I'm with ya Bdpapa!
on January 29,2013 | 05:38AM
allie wrote:
lot 'o rats out here
on January 29,2013 | 06:36AM
kalai wrote:
go back to ND
on January 29,2013 | 03:01PM
paradisetax wrote:
Congress next?
on January 29,2013 | 06:38AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Don't forget Nestor the Rat Garcia in Honolulu Hale.
on January 29,2013 | 06:38AM
atilter wrote:
so what was this proven magical remedy used to achieve this goal (rat removal)? was it like other methods used - by introducing another alien specy to eradicate the rats? just curious...seriously...
on January 29,2013 | 07:31AM
Masami wrote:
"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Island Conservation said Monday they used rodenticide to kill the rats." I believe rodenticide is "rat poison".
on January 29,2013 | 12:04PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
So, they didn't get rid of the native rats?
on January 29,2013 | 08:03AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Rodents in Hawaii are not a danger to wildlife because they only feed on taxpayers wallets.
on January 29,2013 | 10:21AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Rodents in Hawaii are not a threat to wildlife because they only feed on taxpayers wallets.
on January 29,2013 | 10:22AM
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