Kevin Bain, the technical manager for NZ AutoTraps talks about his trap with an award-winning mechanism which captures and kills both rats and possums. The trap is being taken up by DoC and local councils. Hear the interview on RNZ's website by clicking here.
Predator Free Dunedin and the Halo Project are trialing an innovative new trap to create a permanent control network for possums.
Ben Stubbs killed 800 possums in his QE2 block just after Christmas. He earnt more for the fur from those animals than he did from his wool cheque off 2000 ewes. He says it makes you view road kill differently - would you drive past a $5 note on the road, probably not. Hear the interview on the RNZ website here.
During project site visits, RiverCare’s operations manager noticed increasing possum damage to several established native trees on two projects that are in the pre-planting stage of development. He’s seen this before when restoration activity changes habitat and limits feeding options—possums quickly move to feeding on new vegetation types. If their numbers are high, it doesn’t take long before grazing damage and broken branches can be seen within the canopy of their new favourite tree. To control pest animals on projects, RiverCare has used Timms Traps and the Doc 200 or 250. All three are kill traps which require resetting once triggered by a predator. Read the full article on the Waikato River Care website here.
It was 2014 and Hamilton industrial electrician Kevin Bain was out tramping in the bush, something he enjoyed regularly. At the side of the track was a pest trap. "I poked my head in and noticed there was no bait. The trap had been triggered but there was nothing in it." Read the Full article on the NZ Herald Website here.