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Biologists aim to wipe out "Rat Island" [Oct. 2nd, 2007|03:20 pm]


In 1780 a japanese ship wrecked on an Aleutian island. The rats onboard survived and quickly overwhelmed the island and all the wildlife on it. In the intervening years millions of native birds have been killed by them. Biologists are now looking for ways to slaughter all the rats on what is now known as "Rat Island"


From: puf_almighty
2007-10-02 08:22 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the rats are under a strong selection pressure to develop more as predators. Likewise, if the birds are developing as ground-predator-resistant as time goes on.
As I understand it it probably wouldn't be long enough to develop as a distinct species, but I bet they're a distinct breed.
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