At this stage we have found slightly more possum carcasses than the total for last year, and expect to find more when the stations are cleared. Post bait monitoring will then be carried out to see how successful the baiting has been in reducing rat and possum numbers.
Although there should be no bait in the stations after the end of September, the area must be treated with caution until the signs are removed, approximately the end of January.
The pesticides used are effective and safe when properly handled. The use of bait stations allows for the pesticide to be made available to target pest species while at the same time restricting accessibility to native and non-target species. However there is a risk of poisoning to humans and non-target animals such as dogs if the bait is handled carelessly or eaten. Poisoning can occur through eating baits or poisoned animals.
The risk to dogs from pesticide in carcasses will remain until the carcasses have decomposed, which can be up to or more than six months. These risks can be eliminated by following these simple rules:
DO NOT handle any bait
DO NOT allow CHILDREN to wander unsupervised in the treatment area
DO NOT bring DOGS into this area
DO NOT take ANIMALS for eating
The presence of warning signs indicates that pesticide residues may still be present in baits or animals. The removal of signs will tell you that you can resume normal activities in the area. If in doubt, check with DOC.
What do I do if I suspect poisoning?
Always contact your:
Local doctor, or
Local hospital or
National Poisons Centre 0800 764 766
There have been two successful planting working bees:
- A combined one with Forest and Bird, Rotorua Botanical Society and Landcare Okareka when an area opposite Benn Rd was planted
- Assisting Kiwi Conservation Club to extend their planted area at Hamurana.
There have been many comments regarding the increase in bird song, particularly tui. Bird counts will be repeated in November.
I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped at the working bees. We were very fortunate to have several DoC staff join our working bee during Conservation Week and their presence was greatly appreciated.
I am always delighted to have new people to add to the volunteer list. Please contact me if you would like more information or to be added to the list.
Frances Blakely firstname.lastname@example.org
Ph 362 8480