Karamea Bluffs and Stormy Ridge operations complete

Date 4 May 2018

The TBfree programme’s Karamea Bluffs and Stormy Ridge aerial possum control operations on the South Island's upper West Coast have been successfully completed.

Possums are the main carrier of bovine TB and may spread the disease to livestock in surrounding farmland if they are not effectively controlled.

OSPRI’s programme manager for the Northern South Island, Josh King, said that strict regulations were followed throughout the delivery of the operations. This included the placement of warning signs at all locations identified during the consent application process. It is important that the public adhere to the instructions on these warning signs, he said.

“Dog owners are reminded to keep their animals well away from areas where warning signs are present. It will not be safe to take dogs into the area until all of the warning signs have been removed,” said Mr King.

“We would also like to encourage dog owners to be vigilant when undertaking activities in and around local rivers and beaches, as possum carcasses may come downstream from the control area, particularly after heavy rain.”

The Karamea Bluffs and Stormy Ridge aerial operations over approximately 32,000 hectares will provide support to ground control operations planned for the area that use traps and hand-laid toxins.

The TBfree programme aims to control and eventually eradicate bovine tuberculosis (TB) from New Zealand by 2055 with a combination of comprehensive pest management, TB testing for cattle and deer, and stock movement control.

These two aerial operations are part of the Coastal Karamea TB Management Area (TMA) where the TB eradication goals are TB freedom in livestock and in possums by 2023. Once these eradication goals have been achieved, it is very likely that no further TBfree possum control operations will be undertaken in this area. 

More information can be found in the Dog Safety Brochure here

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