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Mar 8, 2013 2:14 PM by Associated Press

Feds declare victory against Anacapa Island rats

ANACAPA ISLAND, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say they've won the war against rats on a Southern California island preserve.

The Los Angeles Times says the National Park Service on Wednesday proclaimed Anacapa Island thriving, a decade after a controversial rat-extermination effort.

Officials say the numbers of some rare birds are soaring and deer mice, the island's only native mammal, are bouncing back.

Non-native rats had lived on the island for more than a century, devouring native species. Beginning in 2001, authorities began dropping poison pellets to eradicate them.

The $3 million effort was condemned by some environmentalists and sparked a lawsuit that was later dismissed.

Anacapa is part of Channel Islands National Park and is about a dozen miles off the mainland.

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