September 22, 2008 8:24 AM

What's Rat Island without rats? Alaskans hope to find out

By coating Rat Island with tiny toxic pellets in an operation that begins this week, scientists hope to exterminate Norway rats, which jumped off a shipwrecked Japanese ship in the 18th century and colonized the 6,871-acre island 1,700 miles from Anchorage.

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