Rat Spill – an invasive species case study

A tiny Alaskan island faces a threat as deadly as an oil spill – rats. However, ‘biological spills’ can be much worse than oil spills, because they don’t necessarily diminish over time.

Biological pollution can adapt, self-propagate and spread, says Professor Anthony Ricciardi from McGill University, Montreal. Interesting to think of invasive species, like wild European rabbits, as ‘biological pollution’.

For more on the invasive rat story, see the Hakai Magazine article.

Illustration by Sarah Gilman – Hakai Magazine

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