Fish and Wildlife Service has determined there is no reason not to go ahead
with the eradication of invasive mammal species on uninhabited islands near
Kodiak and Akutan. In January, the service asked for comments on the removal of
hoary marmots from one of the Barren Islands north of Kodiak, and European
rabbits on Poa (po-ah) and Tangik (tan-gick) islands east of Akutan.
Delahanty is the director of the Alaska Maritime National
Wildlife Refuge, based in Homer. He says 16 comments were received, and that 14
were supportive, one wanted further study, and one - from a blog - was against
He said there were several good suggestions in the comments,
some of which will be implemented:
-- (Eradicate 1 30 sec "We
got a comment that ... couldn't take that action.")
with the approval of the finding, the project is now green-lighted:
-- (Eradicate 2 34 sec "We
are, literally as we speak ... project will be deferred.")
and trapping will be used in the eradication process. The hoary marmot was
introduced to Sud (sudd) Island in the Barren Island group in 1930, and the
rabbits were introduced to Poa (po-ah) and Tangik (tan-gick), decades ago.
is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known
as the Stimulus Plan.