ZEALANDIA Traps Weasel Intruder
Wellington, NZ - ZEALANDIA has successfully trapped a weasel discovered within the protected wildlife sanctuary last week.
The weasel caught at ZEALANDIA. Photo Credit ZEALANDIA
Conservation and Research Manager Dr Danielle Shanahan was delighted with the result.
"I'm really proud of our team here, and the wide range of partners who have supported us. We've managed to detect and respond to this really quickly, dramatically reducing the risk to our wildlife," said Shanahan.
However she was quick to add that it's not all over yet.
Weasel seen on a camera trap before it was caught at ZEALANDIA
The weasel's footprints were first discovered on Monday, 1st October, launching a sanctuary-wide incursion response. Around 110 DOC200 traps were set in the urban wildlife sanctuary, baited with rabbit meat and eggs. Camera traps were also set, capturing the weasel on video three times at the same location.
It is still unknown exactly how the weasel entered the sanctuary, and ZEALANDIA staff will continue to thoroughly check the 8.6km predator fence.
Dr Danielle Shanahan, Manager Conservation and Research with a trap box similar to the one that caught a weasel in ZEALANDIA. Photo Credit: ZEALANDIA