Alaska’s Rat Island Finally Rat-Free After 229 Years

Alaska’s Rat Island Finally Rat-Free After 229 Years

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rat_island-cliffs-fws.jpgAlaska’s Rat Island is finally rat-free, 229 years after a Japanese shipwreck spilled rampaging rodents onto the remote Aleutian island, decimating the local bird population.

Now there are signs that several species of birds, including Aleutian cackling geese, ptarmigan, peregrine falcons and black oystercatchers, are starting to nest again on the 10-square-mile (26-sq-km) island.

(Continue reading Reuters report via Yahoo) 

Photo credit: Alaska Fish and Wildlife Service 

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