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Wildlife officials cheer rat death on remote Alaska island


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Residents of a remote Bering Sea island are celebrating the death of an intruder that had eluded capture for 10 months — a Norway rat.

St. Paul Island is internationally known breeding habitat for millions of seabirds, including rare migratory species, the Anchorage Daily News reported . Seabirds lay eggs on rocks and songbirds lay them in tundra nests. Both are vulnerable to an infestation of voracious rats.

Biologists experienced a moment of "terror" when a Norway rat was spotted last fall in St. Paul's fish processing plant, said Heather Renner, supervisory w...

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