Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue

Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue

by William Stolzenburg

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Rat Island: Predators in Paradise and the World's Greatest Wildlife Rescue by William Stolzenburg

Rat Island, midway between Alaska and Siberia, was once a sanctuary for seabirds, before shipwrecked rats came ashore and savaged them. It's a familiar scenario repeating across the oceans of the world: innocent island species under attack by foreign predators, and, lately, defended by their would-be rescuers employing radical measures, killing the intruders by rifle, trap, and poison. Peopled with unforgettable characters and propelled by perilous adventure, Rat Island reveals a little-known and hotly debated practice of killing for conservation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608193325
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/19/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

William Stolzenburg was an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow in 2010. He is the author of Where the Wild Things Were, and screenwriter for the documentary Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators. He lives in West Virginia.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Kiska, Kakapos, and a Note About War 1

Chapter 1 Over the Blue Horizon 9

Chapter 2 Resolution 30

Chapter 3 Fox Fire 50

Chapter 4 Cape Catastrophe 70

Chapter 5 The Night Parrot 79

Chapter 6 Battle for Breaksea 96

Chapter 7 Baja Cats 119

Chapter 8 Anacapa 136

Chapter 9 Escalation 152

Chapter 10 Sirius Point 162

Chapter 11 Rat Island 169

Chapter 12 Whither Kiska 200

Epilogue: Island Earth 205

Acknowledgments 217

Notes on the Sources 221

Bibliography 223

Index 267

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