Killer mice threatening seabirds with extinction

Across the southern Atlantic, seabird populations are at risk from bands of transplanted mice which are preying upon the birds' eggs and young. The giant albatros and other birds which have been roosting and breeding on the islands for centuries are now at risk from the mice, which came from ships landing on the islands in the 19th century.

The Telegraph reports:

On Gough Island, part of the Tristan da Cunha islands, about 1,000 endangered Tristan Albatross chicks - about 70 per cent of all those born - are being taken by the mice. The island, a British territory 1,700 miles off the coast of South Africa, is the breeding ground for almost the entire world population of these rare birds.

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I just came here looking for help. But regarding your topic here. WHat is the "solution" or what would recommend we do? Relocation?

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