Galapagos Islands Try to Kill 180 Million Rats

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The second phase of the Galapagos Island’s rat eradication program began Thursday with a helicopter prepared to drop more than 20 tons of poison.  

Authorities say the goal is to rid the islands of all non-native rodents by 2020.

The invasive species have been hurting local bird and reptile populations by feeding on the eggs and hatchlings.

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