Mar 8, 2013 2:14 PM by Associated Press
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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