Story: Introduced animal pests

Possum trappers

Possum trappers

Two possum trappers pose with their haul, about 1920. Possums had been introduced to New Zealand to create a fur industry similar to the one that had flourished in Australia from the early 1800s, and they were protected under the Protection of Animals Act 1880. But by the 1920s the damage to the forests had became apparent. Possums still enjoyed some protection until restrictions on taking them were lifted in 1946–47.

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Bob Brockie, 'Introduced animal pests - Possums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 5 December 2023)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015