Protecting and enhancing the natural values of Salt Spring Island and its surrounding waters


Brown Rat

Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus

The Brown Rat or Norway Rat is globally widespread and costs primary industry hundreds of millions of dollars per year. It has caused or contributed to the extinction or range reduction of native mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates through predation and competition. It restricts the regeneration of many plant species by eating seeds and seedlings, eats food crops and spoils human food stores by urinating and defecating in them. Additional economic damage is caused by chewing through power cables and spreading diseases.

Photo by Jean-Jacques Boujot