If all goes as planned, Lehua island, a 284-acre state-designated seabird sanctuary that’s less than a mile north of Ni`ihau, will be rat-free in the very near future.
But that’s a big “if.”
Among other things, the state Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW), the lead agency on the Lehua Island Eradication/Restoration Project, must obtain a permit from the Pesticide Branch of the state Department of Agriculture (DOA) to aerially apply restricted use pesticides. In this case, the pesticides being considered are the anticoagulants diphacinone and, possibly, brodifacoum, both of which have been . . .
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