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Dry Conditions Good For Possum Control

Media Release
30 January 2013

Dry Conditions Good For Possum Control

The current dry conditions in Hawke’s Bay are a good opportunity for farmers to step up possum control, says Hawke’s Bay Regional Council biosecurity team.

HBRC is recommending that farmers involved in PCA programmes or doing their own possum control take the opportunity to check and fill bait stations.

“Possums normally eat pasture, and with less of that available, any possums out there, and there won’t be many in this region, will start eating trees, garden plants, roses ... anything they can find now,” says Dean Roughton, HBRC Biosecurity advisor.

“This is a good opportunity to tackle some of those last small pockets of possum populations.”

There has been a major push on possum control in Hawke’s Bay over the past five years, with a large portion of the region’s farmers working together in PCA (possum control area) programmes to control possums to a low level. Other rural areas are still under Animal Health Board programmes.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council also manages the HuB (Hawke’s Bay Urban Biodiversity) programme, in association with Napier City and Hastings District councils, to control possums in urban areas.

HBRC subsidises both bait stations and bait by 50%, and these can be purchased through Hawke’s Bay outlets of Farmlands.

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