Monday, January 09, 2006
You Could Win $100!!!
The Garden Island is reporting that the Kauai Invasive Species Committee is offering $100 for information leading to the capture of any mongoose running wild on the Hawaiian island of Kaua'i. The small Indian mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus) was introduced to Hawaii intentionally over a century ago, in the hopes of controlling burgeoning rat populations (uh...oops). Populations on Kaua'i have not yet reached disruptive levels, and officials are hoping to keep it that way by getting the public involved. People who think they've spotted a mongoose should call 808-246-0684.
What are they eating, Jen? Hapless birds?
Oh - the poor birds of Hawaii...
Yup, birds, especially the ground-nesting ones. They were not effective at controlling rats mainly because mongoose are day creatures, while the rats are nocturnal.
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