Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Orokonui Ecosanctuary issues poison warning

A warning has been issued by the new Orokonui Ecosanctuary near
Waitati as pest poisoning operations begin there. "Do not allow
children or dogs around the Ecosanctuary perimeter. Do not handle any
or remove any bait or dead animals from the Ecosanctuary perimeter,"
Ecosanctuary spokesperson Sue Hensly warned.

The first stage of the pest eradication began with the removal by
trapping of 800 possums, Sue explained. This may be a third of the
total number in the Ecosanctuary. The second stage will be two aerial
drops of a rat poison (brodifacoum) six weeks apart. Signs will be
erected when the poison is laid on or after the 24th August. Sue does
not expect that any of the poison bait will land outside the fence,
and the perimeter track will be carefully checked on the day. However
as a precaution people are warned to be careful near the Ecosanctuary
until the warning signs are removed.

by the editors

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