SS Winfield Scott - Legacy - Impact On Local Ecosystem

Impact On Local Ecosystem

One of the lingering effects of Winfield Scott's wreck was the introduction of black rats to the local ecosystem of the Channel Islands. The black rats were a major disruption to the local wildlife on Anacapa Island and are still a problem on San Miguel Island. The black rats were successfully eradicated from Anacapa Island by 2003, with a controversial program that involved an aerial application of the rodenticide brodifacoum, the first such eradication in the United States. The program cost nearly $1 million.

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