Large-scale Poisoning of Ship Rats ( Rattus Rattus ) in Indigenous Forests of the North Island , New Zealand

@inproceedings{Warburton1995LargescalePO,
  title={Large-scale Poisoning of Ship Rats ( Rattus Rattus ) in Indigenous Forests of the North Island , New Zealand},
  author={Bruce Warburton and Philip Bradfield},
  year={1995}
}
The ship, roof, or black rat Rattus rattus (L.) was introduced into New Zealand last century, and is now a widespread pest in indigenous forests. Ship rats eat seeds and invertebrates (Beveridge, 1964; Best, 1969; Daniel, 1973; Innes, 1979; Gales, 1982; Meads, Walker and Elliott, 1984), lizards (Whitaker, 1978), and birds and their eggs (Atkinson, 1973, 1985; Innes, 1990), and perhaps compete with some native animals for food. The impact of their predation on mainland prey populations is little… CONTINUE READING
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