New Zealand Declares War on Rats, Weasels and Possums

New Zealand today announced an ambitious plan to rid the island nation of all invasive predators by 2050.

The targeted creatures include rats, weasels, possums and ferrets, all introduced to the island by native settlers and Europeans. If successful, the proposal would eradicate every member of those species on the island in an attempt to restore a more natural ecosystem. It is estimated that some 25 million native birds are killed each year by invasive species, including New Zealand’s ic

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