Sunday, April 5, 2009

Removal of Invasive Species Results in Santa Cruz Island Restoration

Today’s Washington Post contains a very interesting piece on the restoration of Santa Cruz Island, part of the Channel Island Archipelago off the California coast. With the removal of destructive non-native feral cats, rats, pigs, golden eagles, goats and cattle, the islands’ native plants and animals are thriving, including the endangered Santa Cruz Island fox and several species of rare seabids, such as Xantus’ murrelet.

This is further convincing evidence that the control and/or extermination of selected invasive species leads to the recovery of native plants and animals, especially in island ecosystems. The Wildilfe Society has strong policies regarding the control of non-native species, including feral cats, and continues to be an advocate for the recovery and conservation of our native fauna and flora.

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