AR-News: (UK) Ratty's stronghold under threat

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Fri Jul 11 10:46:30 EDT 2003

THE LAST stronghold of the water vole - the creature made famous by the
character Ratty in The Wind in the Willows - is under severe attack by the
North American mink.
About 40 landowners along the two rivers are already co-operating in a
mink trapping programme but more are needed to join in, said Penny
Hemphill, Water for Wildlife adviser to the Suffolk Wildlife Trust.

Mink populations have been growing for the past two decades after the
animals either escaped from former fur farms or were released by animal
rights activists.

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