Pukaha Mount Bruce (PMB) recently installed 180 Goodnature A24 self-resetting traps on the front face (~160 hectares) of the 942 hectare Pukaha reserve. The Goodnature traps are self-resetting, small, safe, easy to install and once triggered the killed pests fall from the trap which immediately resets itself up to 24 times per CO2 canister.
This is the first phase in the A24 operation to have these traps throughout the Pukaha reserve to enhance the current predator control (using over 500 DoC 200 and DoC 250 traps) carried out with focus to continue to reduce pest numbers to very low levels to facilitate native fauna recovery, whilst also encouraging community participation. Since the inception of the predator control program in 2001, a huge number of pests (including rats, stoats, ferrets, weasels, mice, hedgehogs and feral cats) have been removed from the reserve and the surrounding farmland (through the buffer control work run by the councils). This buffer control work began with Greater Wellington Regional Council and Horizons Regional Council beginning significant pest control work within the 2700 ha of private land surrounding the reserve.
Author: Todd Jenkinson – Conservation Manager