A bold conservation project is about to get underway on Gwaii Haanas, some of Canada's most remote and rugged islands off the coast of British Columbia. The goal is to protect endangered species from predators... namely the rat. Killing off one species to save another. It's easier to defend when you're talking about killing rats. But it doesn't get rid of any of that pesky ethical murkiness.
Part Two of The Current
Rat Island: William Stolzenburg
Today, we told you about a world-wide conservation movement that aims to save species.. by killing rats.
On August 1, a team of conservationists will launch a rat eradication mission on islands in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, in British Columbia.
Today, we hear from William Stolzenburg about his new book, Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and The World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue. The primary target in the "war" he's describes is the rat, a voracious predator that can be especially effective when carried onto an island for the first time.
That's one of the reasons why half of all the endangered species on the planet are found on islands. ... and why the "war" that Stolzenburg documents has been so brutal. William Stolzenburg was in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
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