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Department

Biological Sciences

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Nancy Flood

Abstract

Infestations of certain organisms occur when their living conditions are highly favourable. A species that is capable of quickly adjusting to a new environment, has a high reproductive output, no significant predators, and access to abundant resources will flourish. In particular, the Black Rat (Rattus rattus) population has increased rapidly within British Columbia over the last four years. The increase is currently understudied and greater research is needed on the specific distribution of rats and the influences on their population outbreak. Obtaining more knowledge about these factors could be the first step in controlling their population. Using information collected from recent news articles, testimonials, and pest control companies, I have conducted a preliminary study on the Black Rat around Kamloops, British Columbia. This project highlights some known locations of the Black Rat and, additionally, describes their general behaviour and characteristics. I also suggest a theory on the Black Rat’s origin in Kamloops. The goal of this study is to provide a starting point for future research on this topic, including potential control of the species in this location.

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