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Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:08 PM

Ecuador drops poison on Galápagos Islands in attempt to eradicate rats



Ecuador drops poison on Galápagos Islands in attempt to eradicate rats

"The rats cause a great deal more damage than the poison," said Linda Cayot, science adviser for Galápagos Conservancy. "They have decimated 100% of tortoise hatchlings for the past 100 years."

In advance of this operation, she said, years of research has gone into lessen the impact on other species.

The rodenticide is in light blue cubes that attract rats but have been found to be of little interest to other species. Developed by Bell Laboratories in the United States, the 1cm cubes disintegrate within days. They also contain a strong anti-coagulant that accelerates the decomposition of rats that eat them.

Hawks that might eat the dead rats have been temporarily relocated from the island. Even though the risk to iguanas is thought small, they too have been moved ahead of the toxic drop, which will be done in a grid pattern and repeated in seven days.

"If we miss even one pregnant female, it won't succeed," said Cayot. Monitoring will take place throughout next year. If it is successful, the eradication campaign will move to the bigger Floreana island.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/15/ecuador-poison-galapagos-islands-rats?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

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Reply Ecuador drops poison on Galápagos Islands in attempt to eradicate rats (Original post)
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 OP
cthulu2016 Nov 2012 #1
ananda Nov 2012 #2
vaberella Nov 2012 #4
Liberal_in_LA Nov 2012 #10
vaberella Nov 2012 #17
Sekhmets Daughter Nov 2012 #5
darkangel218 Nov 2012 #6
SidDithers Nov 2012 #13
ret5hd Nov 2012 #18
geckosfeet Nov 2012 #3
KharmaTrain Nov 2012 #11
vaberella Nov 2012 #14
geckosfeet Nov 2012 #24
vaberella Nov 2012 #12
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #7
darkangel218 Nov 2012 #9
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #20
darkangel218 Nov 2012 #21
antigone382 Nov 2012 #8
SidDithers Nov 2012 #15
cthulu2016 Nov 2012 #16
SidDithers Nov 2012 #19
darkangel218 Nov 2012 #22
larocks4552s Nov 2012 #23

Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:09 PM

1. Good.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:09 PM

2. Geez.. I didn't think Ecuador was that stoopid.

Blimey

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:12 PM

4. I kind of understand taking the risk.

I see Florida doing the same thing for some of the freed wildlife that has taken over their area---which includes some of these river rats---that are actually toxic when dead. Normally this screams problem to me, at the same time...I kind of get it.

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Response to vaberella (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:17 PM

10. I feel sorry for the rats and the wildlife. Hope poison doesn't cause painful death

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Reply #10)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:26 PM

17. Dont' feel sorry for them.

They are actually toxic to the wildlife. They weren't always there from the beginning of time, but came there with sailors. They have fucked up the islands ecology. We have the same problems in Mississippi...for instance--check this out: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/04/13657634-thousands-of-dead-nutria-pile-up-on-mississippi-beaches-after-isaac?lite

Sure we had Isaac for that, but we're going to have be a lot more aggressive.

This is a problem that has to be addressed. I understand being worried for the species that are on the island--but these were not originators and have been turning the eco-system in that area upside down.

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:13 PM

5. You prefer rats to

tortoises??????

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:13 PM

6. Whats stupid in killing the rats? nt

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Response to ananda (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:20 PM

13. Resisting the urge to post something about Assange...



Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:01 PM

18. good move...

i'd hate for you to sound THAT stupid.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:12 PM

3. good lord - sounds like a crazy idea but - hoping it works out for wild life on the island

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:19 PM

11. Evasive Species...

...that have taken root on the island have been a blight there for years. They came on ships and over time have added stress to an already stressed eco-system. While this seems drastic, it's subtle and calculated and hopefully will restore some balance to this very delicate and vital eco-system. Its good to see strong steps being taken to try to fix the damage "civilization" brought to these and other Pacific Islands.

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:21 PM

14. Agreed. n/t

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Response to KharmaTrain (Reply #11)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 05:08 PM

24. I believe that they are invasive species. I know the rats are basically invaders, and support

the effort in principle, but poisoning the whole island to do it seems extreme. Hope it works out.

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Response to geckosfeet (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:20 PM

12. Exactly...

I saw this episode of River Monsters, called The Multilator, it is about a the cousin of the Piranha called the Pacu put into the freshwater rivers of Papua New Guinea. The government thought it would be a good idea to bring it into the habitat as an extra food source. The problem is that while it normally eats nuts--it has been having a hunger for flesh. They have been eating the other fishes in the water and have also been attacking humans. Since the food source in New the area does not meet their needs and they are overpopulating the area. It's an ecological disaster.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:14 PM

7. you just can't find a decent piper these days...

 


whaddya gonna do?

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #7)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:16 PM

9. Choppers are more accurate. nt

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Response to darkangel218 (Reply #9)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 03:39 PM

20. we may be thinking of different kinds of pipers...

 

i was referring to the pied variety-


as opposed to the cub:


btw- why would a chopper be more accurate?

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Response to BlueMan Votes (Reply #20)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:21 PM

21. LOL!! nt

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:15 PM

8. I have a friend studying in the Galapagos this semester...

I'll have to ask her about this the next time we chat.

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Response to Liberal_in_LA (Original post)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:22 PM

15. "They have decimated 100% of tortoise hatchlings for the past 100 years." ...

I'm having trouble with this statement.

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 12:24 PM

16. It is an odd sentence, but taken litterally it would mean...

"They have reduced by 10% all tortoise hatchlings for the past 100 years."

But it is so clumsy that I have no idea what the quote is trying to say.

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Response to cthulu2016 (Reply #16)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 01:05 PM

19. 10% or 100%?...nt

Sid

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #19)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:26 PM

22. 100%.

There is only 100 + years old turtoises left.

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Response to SidDithers (Reply #15)

Sun Nov 18, 2012, 04:28 PM

23. me neither

 

doesn't make much sense. Hmm

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