Rat Island rises from the icy gray waters of the Bering Sea, midway between Alaska and Siberia. Once a vibrant sanctuary for great flocks of seabirds, the island gained a grimmer reputation when shipwrecked rats colonized, savaging the birds by the thousands.
Now, on this and hundreds of other remote islands around the world, a massive—and controversial—wildlife rescue mission is under way. Rat Island reveals the little-known but highly contentious new tactics of today’s conservation movement.
To save the imperiled islanders, academic ecologists have teamed up with professional hunters and poachers in a radical act of conservation. Following a ragtag crew of environmental fighters through exotic locales, Rat Island tells a story of perilous adventure and emotional conflict, blurring distinctions between hero and villain, the pristine and the plundered.