Monday, April 23, 2018

New Zealand: hot summer leads to a tenfold explosion in rat population

A record-breaking long, hot summer has led to a tenfold explosion in New Zealand’s rodent population, with the country’s urban areas worst hit.
A ship rat attacks a fantail nest in New Zealand. The
country is committed to becoming predator-free by 2050. 
The 2017-2018 summer in New Zealand was the hottest since records began, and fertile breeding conditions have led to a surge in rat and mice numbers.

New Zealand has committed to becoming predator-free by 2050, wiping out all introduced species of rats, mice, possums and stoats in a mere 32 years.

If successful, it would be the first country in the world to be completely pest-free.


Read Eleanor Ainge Roy’s story from The Guardian - “New Zealand: hot summer leads to a tenfold explosion in rat population.”

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