Invasion ecology of rats on New Zealand Islands

The controlled release of introduced Norway rats onto small islands off the north-eastern North Island has been proposed by the Department of Conservation, in support of a PhD study conducted at the University of Auckland.

The objective of the study is to determine rat invasion behaviour, for example how far rats move when they arrive at a new destination, and how quickly rat populations increase. This will help identify the size of areas for treatment after an invasion, and how soon after an invasion detection is likely.

Author NZ Department of Conservation
Date null
Year 2004
Publisher NZ Department of Conservation
Pages 2
Notes Notes
Region NZ
Links https://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/conservation/threats-and-impacts/animal-pests/invasion-ecology-fact-sheet.pdf