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Alaska's Rat Island Ironically rat-free after 229 years

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Posted By: Alfred K at 2:56 pm

16 Jun 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Alaska’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.

After dropping poison onto the island from helicopter-hoisted buckets for a week and a half last autumn, there are no signs of living rats and some birds have returned, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Rats have ruled the island since 1780, when they jumped off a sinking Japanese ship and terrorized all but the largest birds on the island. The incident introduced the non-native Norway rat — also known as the brown rat — to Alaska.

Shitttt!!!!

I guess I’m going to have to find somewhere else to import my rat sandwiches from.

Soo tasty

Soo tasty

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