The proposal by Coastal Commission staff to kill the invasive mice in the Farallon Islands by aerially dropping poisoned cereal pellets (Biden administration revives controversial Farallon Islands poison plan) is inhumane, environmentally harmful, and a waste of money.
The justification that the rodenticide is “the only proven method to ensure the mice do not return” is a poor rationale. Similar poisoning efforts in other locations haven’t always initially worked either. The agency should use a better method or combination of approaches, and then repeat as necessary if/when the mice population reestablishes itself.
For instance, why not just let human volunteers who have been briefed on how to avoid harming seabirds, etc., loose on South Farallon Island to catch the mice with humane mousetraps and give them new homes? Even bringing in some good “mouser” cats would be better than this proposal – while the cats might harm some birds, they would probably do less harm than would be caused by birds or members of other species eating poisoned mice, eating the poison pellets directly themselves, or suffering from the poison getting into the wider environment. The idea that it can somehow be isolated and won’t get off the island is naive.
There are much more sensible ways to go about this. Please avail yourselves of them.
((( starchild )))
San Francisco, CA