These mice attract many burrowing owls that not only feed on rodents, insects, but also often swim in petrels. At the same time, mice will also be able to cause the spread of invasive plant species. ”
According to the Los Angeles Times, the California Coastal Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Wednesday to determine whether the large-scale delivery of bromo-mouse is the best course of action for rodent control.
“These mice are affecting the island's native ecosystems, including some native species and wilderness environments,” FWS wrote in an environmental impact statement in March. “Destroying invading mice is expected to benefit local seabirds, amphibians, terrestrial invertebrates and plants and will help restore the island’s natural ecosystems.”
At the same time, FWS said in a statement that after studying many methods to eliminate rodent populations, they found that bromine-mouse rats were the most effective method, and pointed out that since 2007, 28 of the 30 rodent control projects have been obtained. success. The agency also mentioned that any toxins that fall into the water will dissolve quickly or sink to the bottom of the sea, and the staff will temporarily drive away certain birds until the administered rodenticide no longer has an effect.
Although many environmentalists believe it is necessary to stop the invasion of rats, they also said that the rat poison may cause collateral damage to other species on the island.
“It will be terrible,” environmentalists and the environment.educationHome Maggie Sergio (Maggie Sergio) told KCBS Radio. "any animal that comes into contact with toxic particles will be affected. And animals that come into contact with dead mice are affected. "
FWS spokesman Doug Coderre told the Los Angeles Times: "We firmly believe that this plan will greatly benefit the islands and will be safe and effective, otherwise we would not recommend doing so."
If the US Environmental Protection Agency and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration approve the proposal, the rat will be used as early as next year.