914 users online (161 members and 753 guests)  



Websleuths News


Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 37
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    at home
    Posts
    23,627

    Rats!!

    Rats wipe out seabirds on Alaska island

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - More than 200 years ago, rats jumped ship for Rat Island. The muscular Norway rat climbed ashore on the rugged, uninhabited island in far southwestern Alaska in 1780 after a rodent-infested Japanese ship ran aground. It was the first time rats had made it to Alaska. Since then, Rat Island, as the piece of rock was dubbed by a sea captain in the 1800s, has gone eerily silent. The sounds of birds are missing.

    That is because the rats feed on eggs, chicks and adult seabirds, which come to the mostly treeless island to nest on the ground or in crevices in the volcanic rock. "As far as bird life, it is a dead zone," said Steve Ebbert, a biologist at the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, whose 2,500 mostly uninhabited islands include the Aleutian chain, of which Rat Island is a part. State and federal wildlife biologists are gearing up for an assault on the rats of still-uninhabited Rat Island, hoping to exterminate them with rat poison dropped from helicopters. If they succeed, the birds will sing again on Rat Island. And it will be the third-largest island in the world to be made rat-free.

    A visitor to the island 1,700 miles from Anchorage doesn't have to look far to find evidence of vermin. The landscape is riddled with rat burrows, rat trails, rat droppings and chewed vegetation. Certain plants are all but gone. "You go to Rat Island and there are hardly any chocolate lilies," said Jeff Williams, another refuge biologist. The same for songbirds and seabirds.

    Rats have all but wiped out the seabirds on about a dozen large islands and many smaller islands in the refuge, which is home to an estimated 40 million nesting seabirds. Puffins, auklets and storm petrels are most at risk because they leave their eggs and young for extended periods while foraging. The rats jumped ship beginning in the late 1700s, a problem that worsened in the 1800s when Russian merchant vessels plied the islands, and grew more serious in the 1940s, when hundreds of military ships visited the Aleutian Islands during World War II.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071127/ap_on_sc/rat_island

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    9,061
    Very interesting thread Buzz. I think rats must be sorta like many politicians.

    I guess its like in the beginning, it only takes two of em to get started!!

    .
    Opinions expressed by me, are mine, based on life experience, and known facts of any given case.





    """I am just a pixel in the universal plan."""

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    The Beautiful Great Lakes!!
    Posts
    603
    Thanks for the article, Buzz. *I think*

    My cat dropped a pretty big rat by my truck door this week.

    I wish I knew where she found it!

    Rats are DISGUSTING!

    p.s. -- some people believe Rats will take over the entire world someday!

    Rats & Cochroaches!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    at home
    Posts
    23,627
    Quote Originally Posted by Only4Justice View Post
    Thanks for the article, Buzz. *I think*

    My cat dropped a pretty big rat by my truck door this week.

    I wish I knew where she found it!

    Rats are DISGUSTING!

    p.s. -- some people believe Rats will take over the entire world someday!

    Rats & Cochroaches!
    Hooray for your cat, O4J; my cats usually get about one a year; of course they don't always give me the whole thing.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    7,189
    WHERE IS JBEAN????? she will loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee this thread-

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Dana Point,CA
    Posts
    52,759
    Quote Originally Posted by j2mirish View Post
    WHERE IS JBEAN????? she will loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee this thread-
    Oh my favorite topic.
    I HATE RATS.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    4,762
    How can they be sure the rat poison won't affect the birds? Maybe they can put some large cold weather feline species there to do the job.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Posts
    4,983
    At the risk of becoming fresh meat for PETA... I'll share a two fold solution...

    Why don't we stop exterminating cats in many shelters around the USA and alter them, take them to Rat Island and then change the name of the island to "Cat Island"...(but then the birds might still be a little skiddish of returning to the island...) Can't you just imagine it...a cat's dream world...an entire island of sand for a 'litterbox!!!)

    I bet the feline population which, prior to this, would have been put to sleep, could solve the problem!!!
    "Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance."~ Plato
    ~The above reflects only my opinion...

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    2,611
    That's what they thought about the cane toads in Australia though. They brought in cane toads to eat problematic bugs. Now, they still have problems with the bugs, but they also have BIG BIG problems with the cane toads, which will try to eat anything that moves, even if it is bigger than the toad. They are poisonous, and breed like wildfire.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    at home
    Posts
    23,627
    Quote Originally Posted by KatK View Post
    That's what they thought about the cane toads in Australia though. They brought in cane toads to eat problematic bugs. Now, they still have problems with the bugs, but they also have BIG BIG problems with the cane toads, which will try to eat anything that moves, even if it is bigger than the toad. They are poisonous, and breed like wildfire.
    Australia has all kinds of problems; they've been overrun with mice, rabbits, cane toads; who knows what else?? Dingo, Shazza??


  11. #11
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    SWFL
    Posts
    2,909

    Wink

    You called?


  12. #12
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Posts
    3,375
    wow--an island of rats off the Alaska coast---imagine if you were Shipwrecked there--After you die of exposure from the cold, the rats will then eat your eyeballs--ewwwwwwww

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Posts
    3,362
    Quote Originally Posted by angelwngs View Post
    At the risk of becoming fresh meat for PETA... I'll share a two fold solution...

    Why don't we stop exterminating cats in many shelters around the USA and alter them, take them to Rat Island and then change the name of the island to "Cat Island"...(but then the birds might still be a little skiddish of returning to the island...) Can't you just imagine it...a cat's dream world...an entire island of sand for a 'litterbox!!!)

    I bet the feline population which, prior to this, would have been put to sleep, could solve the problem!!!
    I actually had a similar thought - Florida Everglades has a huge problem with people dropping off their huge snakes when the snakes get too large for them to handle. They're wreaking havoc on the environment there due to eating all the little critters. Seems like you could get someone to capture the big snakes (who don't eat eggs, by the way) and they could eat all the rats.
    FUN... is a renewable resource!

  14. #14
    Hopeful One's Avatar
    Hopeful One is offline Blessed are the cracked for they are the ones who let in the light
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Nerd Town Central
    Posts
    12,230
    Quote Originally Posted by JBean View Post
    Oh my favorite topic.
    I HATE RATS.
    ME TOO!!!! Seriously, if I think about them too much, I'll start gagging. They make my skin crawl.

    Justice for Travis


    Sometimes the first step towards forgiveness is understanding that the other person is a complete idiot.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Posts
    3,362
    Quote Originally Posted by Shamrock View Post
    ME TOO!!!! Seriously, if I think about them too much, I'll start gagging. They make my skin crawl.

    Have you ever seen a hairless rat? You should look them up - they are ugly. We have one for a pet that is Sooooooooooooo sweet. The other morning, it got out of it's cage and my daughter wasn't expecting to see this ten inch, flesh colored thing leap out at her. She screamed, thinking it was a hand!

    It was just gargoyle wanting some love. :-)

    http://www.80stoysale.com/hairlesspics.html
    I love rats. They are sweet and adorable, give kisses and the ones with hair eventually end up feeding my snakes.
    FUN... is a renewable resource!

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 LastLast


Similar Threads

  1. OH - Infant Hospitalized After Being Bitten By Rats
    By Oneshoe01 in forum Crimes-Spotlight on Children
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-23-2015, 02:07 AM
  2. Paralysis Cured (In Rats)
    By BillyGoatGruff in forum Up to the Minute
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 06-23-2006, 07:26 AM
  3. Woman: Fiancé fed me rats
    By Casshew in forum Bizarre and Off-Beat News
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 12-21-2005, 01:09 AM
  4. Rats! The perfect stocking stuffer
    By Casshew in forum Bizarre and Off-Beat News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 12-22-2004, 09:52 PM