Damon Rusden recognises some of the issues raised by those against the poison 1080, but argues most fears are misplaced, debunked and more at home in the fake news movement.
Ardent conservationist Peter Grant was the man who blew the whistle on birds being killed by 1080 carrot bait in the poison's early, experimental days.
Facebook is flooded with rabid anti-1080 activism, but the poison is the only barrier between many of New Zealand’s native species and extinction. Hayden Donnell goes into some 1080 facts.
Anti-1080 activism has erupted into the mainstream lately, with its leaders using belligerent and intrusive social media tactics to create an increasingly radical base of believers
The use of 1080 poison has sparked debate in New Zealand. So what are the issues? The experts speak:
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.
The sighting of a wallaby in Dunedin is extremely concerning, the Otago Regional Council says.
A social media video allegedly showing an adult Bennetts Wallaby near Three Mile Hill was shared via Twitter.
Biosecurity New Zealand reports wallabies pose a threat to native species and primary industries by damaging native forests, tussock lands and agricultural crops.
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