Poisoning Mice on the Farallones

Aug 27, 2013

Sometimes called California's Galapagos, the Farallon Islands are one of the most prolific rookeries in the north Pacific.

  The number of options for getting rid of the mice that cover the Farallon Islands is shrinking, but the controversy over that plan is not. KRCB’s Bruce Robinson reports that it’s now down to applying one of a pair of poisons, or conceding that the mice are there to stay.

There will be a public hearing on the EIS for the island at Fort Mason in San Francisco on Thursday, August 29  from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 in the General's Residence.

An Ashy Storm Petrel in flight

  US Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Doug Cordell says his agency’s six year study of the mouse problem on the Farallon Islands has included a long list of suggestions from interested citizens.

Environmental writer Maggie Sergio has long been opposed to using a poison against the mice on the isolated island, fearing it would inevitably also harm other desirable species of birds and marine life. While she agrees the mice are a serious problem, she’s not convinced the three alternatives detailed in the Environmental Impact Study should be the only options to get further study.