Kapakapanui possum control operation rescheduled

Date 7 March 2018

An aerial 1080 possum control operation in the Kapiti Coast foothills of the Tararua Ranges has been rescheduled to May/June 2018.

The Kapakapanui aerial operation, covering about 10,900 hectares between Akatarawa Road and the Otaki River, was planned for late 2017, but inclement weather prevented the operation’s timely completion. A further postponement recognises the importance of hunting and autumn recreational activities: the operation has been rescheduled for after ‘the roar’ peak deerstalking season.

The TBfree programme controls possum populations to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB) from New Zealand with a combination of comprehensive pest management, TB testing for cattle and deer, and stock movement control nationwide.

The Kapakapanui operation is designed to prevent the spread of TB from wildlife into the farmland and lifestyle blocks on the edges of the rugged bush terrain. Removing possums and rats also brings biodiversity benefits for the native plants and birds.

OSPRI’s North Island Programme Manager Alan Innes said signage warning dog owners about the danger of toxins will be installed at all public access points before any operation begins, and free muzzles will be available.

Mr Innes said, “We are now planning to undertake these operations in May/June 2018, during a suitable weather window. The exact date will be publicised nearer the time.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the landowners and wider community for their on-going support of the TBfree programme,” he said.

Find further information at ospri.co.nz, or call OSPRI’s Palmerston North office on 06 353 2710.

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