Story: Conservation – a history

Trapped stoat

Trapped stoat

Since their introduction to New Zealand in the 1890s, mustelids (ferrets, stoats and weasels) have devastated bird life. They are difficult to catch, so their eradication is almost impossible except on small islands. This stoat was caught in a Fenn trap box on Maud Island in 1995.

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Control of introduced animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 4 July 2022)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015