Ningxia controls grassland rats with trained foxes

15:30, September 14, 2010      

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The grassland workstation in China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region said Monday that they have controlled a rat infestation in 3,400 square kilometers of grassland by releasing trained wild foxes. This experiment accounts for more than half of the total area of the rodent-free demonstration areas in Ningxia.

The station head Ma Jianjun said that Ningxia had established a wild fox training base in Yunwushan nature reserve to teach the foxes to treat mice. After special training, the foxes will be put into grassland to do away with rats.

Located in the south edge of Mu Us Desert, Yanchi County, which is the only pastoral county in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, has a total of nearly 5,600 square kilometers of grasslands.

Since 2008, Yanchi has eleased more than 50 foxes in the grassland. After monitoring, the grassland area with rats was significantly reduced and there have been no adverse effects on steppe ecology.

By Zhao Chenyan, People's Daily Online


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