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Rats, mice, and mongooses eat eggs and chicks of tree- or ground-nesting birds.

Agencies such as the state Department of Land and Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are charged with protecting native species and natural resources from invasive species, including rodents and mongooses.  For urban and agricultural areas, there are well-developed tools and methods to control rats, mice, and mongooses, and multiple resources to aid in identifying the best control plans.  However, there is no information and decision-support document to help resource managers assess available tools and methods for rodent and mongoose control projects in natural areas such as remote forests.  

Therefore, a planning support document is being prepared, to gather and document the best available methods for controlling rodents and mongooses, and the considerations necessary for the use of each method or combination of methods. This document is the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PEIS) for Rodent and Mongoose Control in Native Ecosystems in Hawaiʻi. 

The Draft PEIS has not been written, although research is underway on best tools and methods used in the U.S. and internationally. The PEIS will not propose rodent or mongoose control projects, and it will not provide site-specific planning, analyses, permits, or authorization for a control project.

This website, formerly known as the “Partnership to Protect Hawaiʻi’s Native Species” has been updated to reflect current work on the impacts of rodents and mongooses in conservation areas, and to facilitate community involvement in drafting the PEIS as a guidance document for those considering planning rodent and mongoose control projects.