Efforts are now commonplace to rid islands of introduced rodents but what of the indigenous non-target species that might be affected? Observations on terrestrially foraging birds at Marion and Gough Islands in the Southern Ocean that are overun with alien house mice show that three indigenous land bird species will be at risk from either (or both) primary or secondary poisoning. It is therefore recommended that populations be first taken into temporary captivity for subsequent re-introduction following a poisoning exercise.
|Secondary title||Wildlife Research|
|Author||Ross M. Wanless, John Cooper, Martin J. Slabber and Peter G. Ryan|
|Institution||University of Cape Town|
|Control method||Poison / Toxin|