Story: Threatened species

Impact of browsing

Impact of browsing

One of these red mistletoes has been browsed by possums, while the other is healthy. Aerial possum poisoning using the chemical 1080 does much to protect threatened plants. In 2005 the Department of Conservation classification for red mistletoe was ‘gradual decline’.

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Reference: 10052830 (top); 10057226 (bottom)

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Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, 'Threatened species - Case histories', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/14108/impact-of-browsing (accessed 5 December 2021)

Story by Gerard Hutching and Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007