That effort to eradicate rats on Lehua island doesn't seem to have worked

That effort to eradicate rats on Lehua island doesn't seem to have worked

LEHUA ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - The rats are back. On Lehua island, that is.

A team of conservationists headed to the island Tuesday after motion-detecting cameras caught two rats scurrying around the bird sanctuary.

In August, the state dropped rat poison on the island in hopes of eradicating the rodents there.

That project proved controversial after some blamed the deaths of some birds and fish there on the rodenticide.

The state said while the rats on the island isn't good news, the overall project was still fruitful.

"We knew from the beginning there was the possibility that a few rats could linger. Now it's important to address this," said Department of Land and Natural Resources Chairwoman Suzanne Case.

Lehua island is one of the largest and most diverse seabird colonies in Hawaii, with 17 seabird species and 25 native plants.

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