Les hommes ont oublié cette vérité. Mais tu ne dois pas l'oublier, dit le renard. Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé.
Le Petit Prince, chap. 21

Friday, 15 August 2014

The eradication of alien mammals from five offshore islands, Mauritius

Bell, B. D. (2002). The eradication of alien mammals from five offshore islands, Mauritius, Indian Ocean. In Veitch, C. R., & Clout, M. N. (2002). Turning the Tide: The Eradication of Invasive Species: Proceedings of the International Conference on Eradication of Island Invasives,[University of Auckland, 19 to 23 February 2001] (No. 27). IUCN 40-45.

Following the removal of rabbits from Round Island in 1979 and the publication of a management plan in 1989, the Mauritius Government contracted Wildlife Management International Limited in 1993 to fulfil one of the plan’s recommendations to survey the offshore islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues and to prepare an offshore islands management plan. This plan made a number of recommendations and priorities in relation to the removal of alien species. In 1995 work on the priorities began with the removal of Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) and hares (Lepus nigricollis) from Gunner’s Quoin, ship rats (R. rattus) from Gabriel Island and mice (Mus musculus) from Ile Cocos and Ile aux Sables. In 1998 cats (Felis catus), ship rats and mice were removed from Flat Island and rabbits (Oryctolagus sp.), which had been illegally released following the earlier eradications, from Gunner’s Quoin. These programmes were hand-laid operations. In all cases the main bait was grain-based pellets containing 0.02gm/kg brodifacoum. The bait was set out on at least half of the maximum grid recommended for the rodent species targeted. The exception was cats, which were trapped in leg-hold traps. Plans are being considered for the re-introduction of reptiles and birds. Some planting of native trees has begun. This paper covers the eradication sector of the management plan

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