Waimea Kawhaka TB control operation successfully completed

Date 10 November 2015

OSPRI’s TBfree Waimea Kawhaka aerial possum control operation was successfully completed on 5 November 2015. 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 Northern South Island Programme Manager Josh King said that strict regulations were followed throughout the operation. Buffer zones were identified as part of the consultation process and these were applied when the operation was flown. This included the application of a 100 metre buffer around the West Coast Wilderness Trail. All exclusion areas will be treated using ground control methods.

“Warning signs have been placed at all locations identified during the consent application process. It is important that the public adhere to the instructions on these warning signs”.

“Dog owners are again 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.

The Waimea-Kawhaka aerial operation covers approximately 10,000 hectares and supports large-scale annual ground-based control in the area, using traps and hand-laid toxins.

Ground-based control work, supported by aerial operations, protects the rural economy’s contribution to the West Coast total annual economic earnings. They also benefit the region’s native birds and forest which are extremely vulnerable to introduced predators, such as possums, ferrets, stoats and rats.

OSPRI helps protect and enhance the reputation of New Zealand’s primary industries. It currently runs the NAIT and TBfree programmes.

For further information

Josh King
OSPRI Northern South Island Programme Manager
0274 802 012

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