Whatever happened to the giant mice of Gough Island from a few years ago?



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    The British government, which has been criticized in the past for its failure to adequately address the problems created by invasive species, has called in experts from New Zealand. New Zealand has a good track record with removing non-native species, especially rats, from some of its neighboring islands. The scientists said that the usual method would be aerial poison drops, but Gough Island’s volcanic landmass complicates such an operation. The introduction of cats as predators of the mice would most likely result in further decimation of the birds. Another option is the introduction of disease specific to the killer mice. At this point the British government is considering the New Zealand report and consulting with other scientists around the world, but does not appear to have yet committed to a course of action.

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