Mustelid Identification

Ferret Stoat Weaseal, Greater Wellington Regional Council

As you can see, ferrets are quite large beasties compared to the stoat and weasel. Also note the black tail on the stoat when comparing it to the smaller weasel.  

Why Mast Season is a Perfect Time to Get Trapping

predator-cycle-diagram, DOC.govt.nz

You might have heard that this year is a mast season in our beech forests, which is why DOC are taking action. But you may not know it is also a perfect time to get trapping in your own back yard. What the heck is a mast season? It is when the weather conditions over the summer are perfect for … Read More

Without managing cats, Zealandia is the most expensive cat food factory in NZ

Cat-eating-prey, Wikipedia

Wellington wildlife refuge Zealandia will become little more than a “cat food factory” unless something is done about wandering felines, the Wellington City Council has been told. Hearings began today for submissions into the council’s draft annual plan, with philanthropist and anti-cat campaigner Gareth Morgan among the first to address councillors. He urged the council to exert control over the … Read More

Save the kiwis, trap a hedgehog

Last Wednesday night on the Paul Henry Show, a rather prickly issue was raised when reporter Jesse Peach crossed live to Victoria University’s student pub where Students are being invited to take dead rats to the university’s science lab to exchange it for beer tokens*. The full cross can be watched here. Two young ‘conservationists’ revealed they had trapped a hedgehog … Read More

Update on Beer Trap

The Beer Trap campaign got off to a sodden start, with a few nights of rain keeping the rats inside and the traps empty. However things have recently dried up and as a result the traps are snapping with increasing frequency! So far Vic Uni students have nabbed 16 rats and 3 hedgehogs. That is almost enough for a good … Read More

Auckland Cat Colony – video

Auckland Cat Colony from Gareth Morgan on Vimeo. Over summer Geoff Simmons met with Peter Dormon of Lonely Miaow, a charity that cares for stray and abandoned cats in Auckland: lonelymiaow.co.nz/ Together they visited a stray cat colony in Kohimarama – one of the many thousands across Auckland – and chatted about how the stray cat problem could be better managed.

Councils need better bylaws to control cats

The Invercargill City Council has got itself in aright bind over how to handle a local who’s got more than 30 cats. The Council has a by law banning cat owners from owning more than 3 cats. The council’s been powerless to do anything about the cat owner and has even encouraged neighbours to trap her cats so they can … Read More