Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Florida tries to wipe out cat-sized African rats

Deep in the heart of the Florida Keys, wildlife officials are laying bait laced with poison to try to wipe out a colony of enormous African rats that could threaten crops and other animals. U.S. federal and state officials are beginning the final phase of a two-year project to eradicate the Gambian pouched rats, which can grow to the size of a cat and began reproducing in the remote area about eight years ago. "This is the only place in the United States where this is occurring," said Gary Witmer, a biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. A former exotic pet breeder, living in a small house, bred the species and allowed the critters to escape.

1 comment:

jan said...

Wonderful. Breeding "exotic pets" as destructive as these and allowing them to escape. How stupid can people be?