In June 2011, Island Conservation eradicated rats on Palmyra atoll, which is located about 1,000 miles south of Hawai`i and is co-owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy. The company aerially broadcast the anticoagulant rodenticide brodifacoum at rates much higher than is expected to be used for the Lehua rat eradication project. It also distributed additional bait by hand.
In addition to successfully ridding the 618-acre atoll of rats, the project incidentally killed fish and birds. Brodifacoum residues were also found in soil and in crabs, cockroaches, and lizards, among . . .
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