Story: Possums

1080 carrots

1080 carrots

Possums are controlled in New Zealand by trapping or poisoning. These carrots are being shredded and mixed with 1080 (sodium monofluoroacetate) before being aerially spread into Pureora Forest. Possums that eat the poisoned carrots die quickly through respiratory or cardiac failure.

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Photograph by Ralph G. Powlesland

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Gerard Hutching, 'Possums - Spread of possums', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 30 June 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 24 Nov 2008, updated 1 Jul 2015