Alaska Division 9 West

Rat, sought for months on St. Paul Island, found dead

An intensive 10-month search for a stowaway rat that invaded the rat-free seabird paradise of St. Paul Island has come to a happy end for everyone.

Except the rat.

St. Paul Island, in the Bering Sea, is home to about 480 people and is an internationally known breeding habitat for millions of seabirds, including rare migratory species.

Being rat-free is essential for the ecosystem’s survival, biologists say.

So biologists and locals felt a moment of “terror” when a Norway rat was…

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