Our Grandpa and later Father used to trap squirrels for us .
In 2010, I did a post on 1080, now the New Zealand Government is
thinking of dropping them again. In New Zealand, possums are pests. They
were introduced from Australia. Enemy number one is also a threat to
our pastoral farming, because
the possum is the host and carrier of a lethal disease, bovine TB.
Thanks to Reader Wil for her possum post which inspired me to do it again.
photo shows an Australian possum. This is a special possum and is protected.
1080 is the brand name given to the synthetic version of sodium
fluoroacetate - a toxic, odourless, white powder compound, which
naturally occurs in plants, acting as a powerful defence. However the
synthetic version, 1080, is far more potent and kills. New Zealand is
the largest buyer of 1080 in the world, using over 80 per cent of the
1080 is distributed in laced bait via ground
and aerial application by the Department of Conservation (DoC) and the
Animal Health Board (AHB). It is mainly used to kill possums, however
other ‘pests', including feral cats, rabbits, rats and stoats, are also
1080 is banned in several countries, including Brazil,
Belize, Cuba, Laos, Slovenia and Thailand, as well as in some states of
the United States where aerial distribution and its use on all mammals
but coyotes is prohibited.
Possum and rat invade nest (Source: Nga Manu Images)
When I went to Australia,
the tour guide said a joke,
In Australia, the possum there is protected.
In New Zealand, we kill them.