Since starting in September 2013 we have caught 272 rats, 36 hedgehogs, 2 cats and 16 ferrets. The ferrets have been prolific this year and we have dispatched 14. Last year we only caught two. We have been catching them out on the walkway and we believe this is a consequence of the high numbers of rabbits around.
We have small core of trappers but are always looking for more help with this worthwhile task. To be able to help you need the following attributes:
- A wish to help the lakes water fowl and other birds
- Not to be squeamish about very dead rats etc
- Be practicable
- Be able to provide catch data for recording
- Have a couple of hours spare once a fortnight (or three weekly if we get more helpers).
DOC would like us to participate in an autumn count of the Dabchick population here at Okareka and Tikitapu. The count will take place in April; sometime after Easter and there will be three counting days. The counts are done from boats early in the morning.
If you would like to help with counting or trapping please let me know by phoning 3628 376.