A Manuherikia Valley farmer is making a last-ditch effort to rid his land of rabbits by dropping 1080 for the first time in three decades.
Ophir farmer Sam Leask, who owns the Booth Rd farm, said it was the first time a 1080 drop had been done on his land in about 30 years.
Misleading remarks in the media erode public confidence in a pest-control tool we urgently need to save species, writes Nicola Toki, the threatened species ambassador for the Department of Conservation.
Last Thursday night, Newshub led the 6pm news with a report about 75 kilograms of 1080 pellets being dumped and buried by a contractor to the Department of Conservation on Stewart Island. That was true and extremely disappointing and frustrating for DOC who are now following it up with an investigation and have alerted the Environmental Protection Agency, the Medical Officer of Health and Environment Southland.
The isolated isles of Aotearoa have given us unique and diverse forests with unique, sometimes lumberingly slow birds.
It's a delicate ecosystem, with centuries of isolation from land-dwelling mammals making their sudden arrival all the more devastating. The arrival of humans and our pests saw the huia and moa disappear, with the kiwi, the kakapo, the tuatara limping on.
Dog owners are advised to be careful at the Remutaka Range after the completion of a big 1080 poison drop later this month.
The pallet drop, by OSPRI, will cover about 24,000 hectares along the northern half of the Remutaka Range which backs onto Wainuiomata and runs up the eastern side of the Hutt Valley to the top by Kaitoke.