These Remote Islands On The Edge Of Alaska Have A Dark Past

On the edge of the Aleutian Island chain lie the Rat Islands, a group of uninhabited volcanic islands far from the mainland. The islands lie within the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. These islands have been ruled by rats for over 200 years. A recent effort to remove the rats has saved one of the islands, but the rest are still haunted by an infestation of invasive rats eating the wild birds and eggs. The Rat Islands in the Aleutian Chain have an interesting past, and remain an eerie piece of Alaska’s story.

Interactive Map of the Rat Islands here.

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For more information about the Aleutians, see The Southernmost Town In Alaska That’s Both Wild And Beautiful.

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