Alaska's Rat Island rat-free after 229 years - Yahoo! News I realize they're alien to the island, originally, however...after living and breeding there for countless generations over 229 years, wouldn't it be safe to say they're part of the island makeup now? Reading this reminded me of Star Trek Insurrection, where Picard and co. save the Ba'ku (an foreign race on a planet that wasn't their's to begin with) and how the Federation was basically violating the Prime Directive, and the people's right to live. Well, isn't this really the same thing? I don't know, I'm not a conservationist, so I can't say in all honesty whether or not this is the right course of action, but dumping buckets of deadly poison to kill off the creatures just seems so terribly inhumane. Especially when it wasn't their fault they were marooned on an island far from their homeland. It's just an animal, it's not like they collectively got up one morning and said "Land ho! We'll take that one, by jove!" Maybe it's just me, but it doesn't feel right. Not one bit.