Sunday, June 28, 2009

Laos rat infestation could be good for owls

Northern Laos is experiencing the worst rat infestation in 20 years. This has resulted in massive crop failures and leaves thousands of people facing food shortages.

What to do???

Barn Owls are great eaters of rats, so the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is telling people to leave owls alone and not eat them, and to not practice slash and burn to save owl habitat. Trapping rats is only a short-term solution, and they don't advocate using poison because of the environmental impacts. Go owls!!!

You can read the full article here.