Sunday, April 24, 2011

Feral cull on Australian sub-Antarctic island

Another attempt is underway to try to kill every rabbit, rat and mouse on Macquarie Island.

The sub-Antarctic island, half way between Australia's southern island state of Tasmania and Antarctica, is a key breeding ground for rare sea birds, penguins and seals.

But it's also been a breeding ground for feral animals that are eating bird eggs and gorging their way through the native grasses.

Last year's attempts to kill the pests failed, and and a second attempt to cull the feral animals is now underway.

Listen here.

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