Stoats, rats, possums gone...?



  • I'm in favour.
     
    If it's doable.
     
    But no stoats etc: will rabbit numbers explode further?  I suppose rabbits don't eat Kiwis.
     
    Would be a magnificent achievement.



  • Have you seen this?



  • Oooh. 1hr 5 minutes Jegga.
    I might watch it later...



  • How for so?



  • It would be a hell of an achievement. I just don't see it happeneing.
     
    As I grow up.... I find I no longer swerve to hit possums and rabbits on the road but if I see a stoat or ferret, I line them up.
     
    We jsut did an eradication across the farm of Rats as they were starting to cost us a bit in the amount of feed they ruined. It's incredible how many are out there.



  • Yeah good fkn luck!
     
    I can see the rural and island eradication being a lot easier but those city rats.... where does one start?
     
    And then method of eradication will be a major talking point re poison vs poison free alternatives.



  • Yeah good fkn luck!
     
    I can see the rural and island eradication being a lot easier but those city rats.... where does one start?
     
    And then method of eradication will be a major talking point re poison vs poison free alternatives.

    Really,? I see it easier to eradicate in urban areas than rural. Accessibility to laying baits etc in urban areas rather than gridding out the bush and farm lands



  • I don't see it happening either like the video I linked to said if we did it would be our equivalent of the moon landing.
    i see there being more stoat and possum free places like Zealania though, I'm working about 5 km and there's loads of kaka and kereru around here that I guess go back there to roost at night.



  • Where's Zealania?
     
    Only pest free place I have been to is Wairaki golf course! Although they have some deer in there which I would argue is a pest.



  • https://www.visitzealandia.com In karori a wgtn suburb



  • I don't see it happening either like the video I linked to said if we did it would be our equivalent of the moon landing.
    i see there being more stoat and possum free places like Zealania though, I'm working about 5 km and there's loads of kaka and kereru around here that I guess go back there to roost at night.

    I don't see us achieving the goals but I applaud us for setting it.  Going to a predator free area and listen to the dawn (or evening chorus). Its magical and most people would pay a lot to have that across the country

    Where's Zealania?
     
    Only pest free place I have been to is Wairaki golf course! Although they have some deer in there which I would argue is a pest.

    I went into an area in Mt Aspiring National Park that had been fenced to keep deer out.  The difference between it and the areas that bambi could graze was remarkable.  Everyone has a mental image of a south island forest floor - inside the enclosure was like a jungle. 
     
    Those delicious ruminants sure cause a lot of damage with their browsing. Cull the buggers and make sure it gets to my dinner table



  • New Zealand is also going to be smoke free by 2025. Goals should be tough but achievable; this goal is basically impossible. I would love if it could happen though.



  • Really,? I see it easier to eradicate in urban areas than rural. Accessibility to laying baits etc in urban areas rather than gridding out the bush and farm lands

    Yes. We already have a pretty good track record of being able to do it on the islands etc around Auckland in particular. Getting rats out of the bush is pretty straight forward and achievable with the right amount of resources, it can even be done without poison, refer http://www.scoop.co.nz/.../unprecedented-0-pest-survival...
     
    Urban eradication though is pretty uncharted territory. Places like Auckland city would be a massive task!



  • I can't even get the fuckers out of my shed. Only thing that seems to work is a cat but then Gawef Morgan will pack a sad



  • I can't even get the fuckers out of my shed. Only thing that seems to work is a cat but then Gawef Morgan will pack a sad

    Have you laid the bait in a pouch stuff?  They flock to it.... once!  They eat it and get thirsty and drink and die real quick.



  • I don't see us achieving the goals but I applaud us for setting it.  Going to a predator free area and listen to the dawn (or evening chorus). Its magical and most people would pay a lot to have that across the country
     
     
    I went into an area in Mt Aspiring National Park that had been fenced to keep deer out.  The difference between it and the areas that bambi could graze was remarkable.  Everyone has a mental image of a south island forest floor - inside the enclosure was like a jungle. 
     
    Those delicious ruminants sure cause a lot of damage with their browsing. Cull the buggers and make sure it gets to my dinner table



  • Have you laid the bait in a pouch stuff?  They flock to it.... once!  They eat it and get thirsty and drink and die real quick.

    Yeah. Paid a fortune for all sorts of traps but never get the whole population so they die back and then reappear.
     
    Apparently the fuckers will take the bait back to the nest but not al the population will eat it until they check out that those that do survive. Cunning bastards



  • http://www.backyardkiwi.org.nz/
     
    Have done a great job of eradicating pests form a part of the Whangarei Heads (and educating locals about dogs)
     
    I went to a release they did a couple of years back (that they do regularly anyway) and is a really heartwarming thing to see.
     
    When we were renting out near the above area where Kiwis were in the bush (you hear them at night - if you haven't heard Kiwi before at night, it is quite eerie to hear them) one of my cats bought in stoats.



  • I'm lucky enough to live 2 minutes from a remnant kauri forest even though I'm only 5 kms from Queen St  so I do get a reasonable diversity of birdlife.  Really like lying in bed listening to the ruru or hearing the slow ponderous gravity defying swoosh of a keruru



  • About 15 years ago my neighbours bought their kid a pet stoat WTF
     
    Kiwi at night sound great. Loved mooring the yacht in an isolated bay and hearing them cry out. The peacocks on Kawau - not so much