Story: Rabbits

Poisoned carrots

Poisoned carrots

These workmen, including some school boys, are bagging carrots grown on a remote station in inland Kaikōura in 1957. When it is time for the carrots to be spread by plane, they are put through a cutter and chopped into small pieces. Normally the rabbits are given two feeds of plain cut-up carrots, with up to a week between each feed, to encourage them onto the bait. For the third feed, the carrots are covered with 1080 poison when they are cut and then spread over the problem area.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Evening Post Collection (PAColl-0614)
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Robert Peden, 'Rabbits - Controlling rabbits with poison', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Robert Peden, published 24 Nov 2008