Tararua Ranges: how REAL pest control should work

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Local Alan H Hay talks about his run-up pest trap, which he uses and manages in the Tararua Ranges to trap suspecting possums that lurk the area – an alternative to aerial 1080 poisoning.

“Its a good idea because possums travel up to eleven kilometres a night. You might say ‘they might get trap shy’ — well, the only possum that is going to get trap shy is the one you catch because every possum that goes there is going to leave a scent for the next one,” says Alan Hay.

The traps that have been made by Alan, could catch all sorts of things, but as described is just one of the many types of traps that can be used in the Tararua Ranges and other so-called pest infested areas around New Zealand.

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“If you are in a place where there are kiwis, they aren’t going to walk up that are they. They can walk underneath it and that is the thing where there are kiwis and ground-dwelling birds are that they will not go to where that trap is.”

Birds in general will not touch traps. However, Alan says the only time he’s had one touch his trap was when he installed a brand new silver trap.

“I’ve only ever found one that touched my traps were magpies. As you know magpies are attracted to silver things, hence it got caught but I have never ever caught a native bird because they are not interested in my lures.”

“They are interested in what they can get off the ground or up high in the trees where nectar and things like that are.”

Alan says the only things that kill native birds are Department of Conservation and 1080 poison pellets that are aerially spread around the countries most diverse culture of forests.

Video/Image: SUPPLIED / Alan H Hay

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