Feds will eradicate invasive mammals

Posted: Sunday, March 07, 2010

KODIAK - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will eradicate invasive mammal species on uninhabited islands near Kodiak and Akutan.

In January, the service asked for comments on the removal of hoary marmots from Sud Island in the Barren Islands north of Kodiak, and European rabbits on Poa and Tangik islands east of Akutan.

Kodiak radio station KMXT reported shooting and trapping will be used in the eradication process.

Steve Delahanty is the director of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, based in Homer. He says of the 16 comments received, 14 were supportive of the plan.

A field camp is now being set up on Poa Island so the eradication project can be completed before the puffins return.

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