Story: Birdwatching

Stoat kill-trap

Stoat kill-trap

Many of New Zealand’s native bird species have been hunted to near or total extinction by predatory mammals such as the stoat, introduced in the 1880s to curb the spread of rabbits. Other problem predators are rats, cats, ferrets, weasels, possums and wild pigs. Controlling pests in key areas has allowed some endangered species to make a dramatic comeback. This wooden box or tunnel contains a spring trap, rather like a large rat trap. The dead stoat lying on the open lid was lured into the bottom entrance by bait, and killed instantly.

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Gordon Ell, 'Birdwatching - A land of birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 June 2024)

Story by Gordon Ell, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015