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New Zealand fights 'plague' of stoats & rats

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:22 PM

The New Zealand government has given the go-ahead for the poisoning of "a plague" of rats and stoats which it says threatens the country's native wildlife.

A controversial bio-degradable poison, called 1080, is to be dropped onto one million hectares (3,861 sq miles) of forest to kill the pests, TV New Zealand reports. Government figures suggest that without intervention the rat population could increase tenfold this year to 30 million. The rise is attributed to a heavy fall of seed in the country's extensive beech forests.


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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:31 PM

Don't stoats eat rats? :-*

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 02:45 PM


The Antipodeans don't have an entirely unblemished record when it comes to dabbling with the ecology to correct "imbalances".

No doubt in a years time we will discover that the stoats had been keeping down the IttiWitti Tic which, left unchecked, kills of the native ThumbpaThumpa plant, who's roots bind the continental plates together and suppress earthquakes.

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Posted 14 July 2014 - 03:20 PM

View PostRoofGardener, on 14 July 2014 - 02:45 PM, said:

The Antipodeans don't have an entirely unblemished record when it comes to dabbling with the ecology to correct "imbalances".

From the BBC article; "Stoats, introduced to the islands by European settlers in the 19th Century, pose a greater threat to avian populations"

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