Dunne Wary About Increased 1080 Use
30 January 2014
Dunne Wary About Increased 1080
UnitedFuture Peter Dunne is wary about
DOC’s latest plans to increase the usage of 1080 poison on
the conservation estate.
Mr Dunne, who is also Associate
Conservation Minister, says he fully understands the reasons
why the new campaign has been launched.
explosion in the rat and stoat population and the likely
impact on native bird populations is an extreme threat, and
we need to what we can to eliminate it.
“I have no
argument with that.
“However, I am concerned about the
potential impact on other species such as deer, and have
discussed with the Minister of Conservation the use of deer
repellent in areas of high deer population to minimise the
risk of increased 1080 use on deer populations.
pleased this matter is now being looked at,” he says.
Dunne says while this latest incident highlights New
Zealand’s vulnerability to pests, it also focuses
attention on the need to develop alternatives to 1080 as
part of a wider national pest management strategy.
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