Rat poison is responsible for killing at least five birds on an island in the Aleutians this spring. It is suspected in the deaths of more than two hundred other birds, including bald eagles, gulls and peregrine falcons. The US Fish and Wildlife Service covered Rat Island with a rodenticide in 2008 to try to rid the island of its namesake. When biologists returned in April they found no rats, but an unexpected number of dead birds.
Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage
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