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Authorities Try to Kill Hundreds of Millions of Galapagos Rats

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- The unique bird and reptile species that make the Galapagos Islands a treasure for scientists and tourists must be preserved, Ecuadorean authorities say - and that means the rats must die, hundreds of millions of them.

A helicopter is to begin dropping nearly 22 tons of specially designed poison bait on an island Thursday, launching the second phase of a campaign to clear out by 2020 non-native rodents from the archipelago that helped inspire Charles Darwin's theory of evolution

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  • Sevo||

    "The rat infestation has now reached one per square foot (about 10 per square meter) on Pinzon, where an estimated 180 million rodents reside."

    Uh, what sort of food is available? Is there enough 'native' fauna to support this population?

  • JeremyR||

    Should have brought in Ted Nugent and a machine gun.

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