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    Details of this species in Baltra Is.
    Status: Alien
    Invasiveness: Invasive
    Occurrence: Established
    Source: Galapagos Invasive Species: Harmful animals, 2004.
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    Management Notes for this Location:
    The Galapagos National Park (GNP) with technical support from the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) has begun a three year project whose principal aim is to eradicate cats from this island and restore its natural habitat for the reapriation of the threatened land iguanas. The methodology used was a combination of traps, (Tomahawk and Victor types), poison and hunting at night using spotlights and rifles. To ensure total eradication sodium monoflouroacetate (1080) in fish baits were placed over the entire island during year one 2001. By the end of 2003 there were no signs of cats on the island. Monitoring has continued into 2004 to confirm the eradication and the establishment of the repatriated Galapagos land iguanas. The reasons for for adopting eradication as a control option were the ease of monitoring due to the size of the island < 26 sq kms, spare vegetation and large open spaces, and the small human population and hence a minimal re-introduction of cats.
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    Last Modified: 15/02/2005 12:09:40 p.m.


ISSG Landcare Research NBII IUCN University of Auckland