More than 11,000 pests, including possums, rats, stoats and weasels, have been killed in a Far North forest over the past two years. A significant pest control project near Mangonui was funded by Jobs For Nature has trapped or killed 11,049 pest animals, including rats, possums, stoats weasels, hedgehogs and feral cats – trapped within the Maungataniwha Forest since 2021. Honeymoon Valley Landcare chairman Shayne Waldron says they are doing everything they can for kiwi … A 162km trapping network covers 6700 hectares with 1757 traps and 26 private landholders involved.
Pest breakdown:
■ 408 stoats ■ 142 weasels ■ 73 feral cats ■ 5904 possums and ■ 4356 rats