Plan to Eradicate Mice on Midway May Come at a Cost to Imperiled Laysan Duck

posted in: May 2018 | 0

The photos are hard to view. Adult albatrosses with bloodied heads. Gray, night-time shots of mice preying on birds that can’t or won’t leave their nests. Beautiful, dead birds, killed by the “vampire” mice of Midway National Wildlife Refuge.

The problem seems to have begun in late 2015. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “refuge scientists and volunteers found open wounds on the backs, necks, and heads of nesting albatrosses in a small area on Sand Island, Midway Atoll. Using automatic cameras, live traps, and laboratory examination of bite marks on mortally wounded birds . . .

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