California Approves Dropping Rodenticide On Farallon Islands



votsalo writes: The California Coastal Commission approved dropping rodenticide on Farallon Islands. “The rocky outcrop of sea stacks and islands west of the Golden Gate is home to 300,000 breeding seabirds, as well as five species of seals and sea lions,” reports SFGate. “That unique biodiversity, however, also includes more than 1,000 mice per acre, a population that has exploded in recent years.” The mice “were first introduced by sailors over a century ago.” Dr. Jane Goodall argued against the poison at the hearing, but the Commission decided 5-3 to airdrop 3,000 pounds of poison by helicopters. [“The agency plans on dropping the poisoned bait in the winter months when bird numbers are lowest,” the report adds.]

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