ANCHORAGE, Alaska More than 200 years ago, rats jumped ship for Rat Island.The muscular Norway rat climbed ashore on the rugged, uninhabited island in far southwestern Alaska in 1780 after a rodent-infested Japanese ship ran aground. It was the first time rats had made it to Alaska.
Wildlife Officials Plan Assault On Rat Island ; Plan Could Rid Site of Rodents, Let Seabirds, Songbirds Return
Since then, Rat Island, as the piece of rock was dubbed by a sea captain in the 1800s, has gone eerily silent. The sounds of birds are missing.That is because the rats feed on eggs, chicks and adult seabirds, wh...