So disappointing to see this hysterical, unquestioning reporting, Jason. Bummer! The SF Bay branch of the USFWS has worked on the environmental impact statement for this eradication of house mice from the Farallones for EIGHT YEARS. EIGHT YEARS! The document when I saw it in July was over 600 pages long. It contains, among other things, detailed responses to EVERY ONE of the hundreds of alternatives suggested by the public, including bonzo ideas like adding feral cats to eat the mice.
What you left out is that for more than a decade scientists have been using these "rat poisons" (nontoxic to most creatures; used in human medicine as blood thinners) to eradicate invasive rodents from islands all over the world, but most notably in New Zealand and Australia. And the consequences have been stunning: Saving endangered bird species, even recovering species of plants and animals thought to be long extinct.
Here is an ecological crisis--the imminent destruction of the last surviving members of seabird species present on earth far longer than humanity--and a carefully considered, scientifically sound method of protecting them. How about reporting on that? Please?