The US Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing a plan to eradicate hoary marmots from one of the Barren Islands north of Kodiak, and European rabbits from a pair of islands near Akutan. All three islands are uninhabited, save for the furry little mammals, and the native bird populations. It’s those birds which the service hopes to help by removing the marmots and rabbits. Steve Delehanty is the manager of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. He says the marmots were likely introduced to Sud Island in 1930.
Jay Barrett, KMXT – Kodiak
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