Petition launched in opposition to deliberate rabbit management at Decrease Manorburn Dam Reserve

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An indication protesting the deliberate use of toxin Pindone on the Decrease Manorburn Dam reserve. Photograph / Shannon Thomson

Rabbits are taking up the Decrease Manorburn Dam Reserve – however a most well-liked pest management technique is inflicting concern.

Underneath the regional pest administration plan, land occupiers should management rabbits to degree 3 or under on the Modified McLean Scale (MMS).

Final week the Otago Regional Council suggested the Central Otago District Council the Decrease Manorburn Dam reserve was indicative of non-compliance, with a lot of the reserve at the very least degree 4 on the dimensions, and a number of the space at degree 5.

A breach of the extent 3 rule was an offence below part 154N(19) of the Biosecurity Act and will result in the regional council issuing discover to take over the land and undertake the required work on the landowner’s expense.

The Central Otago District Council deliberate to begin a rabbit management operation on the Decrease Manorburn Dam reserve on Monday, utilizing carrot bait laced with the toxin Pindone – an anti-coagulant that took 10-20 days to kill a rabbit after it was ingested.

In keeping with pest management pointers, Pindone was the bait of selection as a result of it triggered the least struggling, had a lowered hazard to home pets and was an appropriate technique of controlling rabbits within the rugged areas discovered inside the Manorburn reserve.

Pindone carrot was utilized in winter when meals sources had been most scarce and fewer younger rabbits had been current.

Nevertheless, it posed a threat to people and home animals.

Customers of the reserve are sad with the council’s determination to proceed and have launched a petition in opposition to it.

In October, public outcry in opposition to using the toxin on the reserve satisfied the council to discover different strategies of pest administration; nonetheless, these strategies had been much less efficient, eradicating solely 60 rabbits.

Decrease Manorburn reserve working group member Nigel Murray visited the reserve together with his dogs often and was involved for individuals strolling their pets, and different wildlife, if the council proceeded with the drop.

He understood the significance of managing rabbits on the reserve, however he believed not sufficient was identified in regards to the influence of Pindone on wildlife.

“I do know rabbits are an issue that we have to eliminate, however we have to do it in a manner in order that all of us get pleasure from [the reserve], that we’re not killing the indigenous inhabitants.”

Central Otago District Council parks and recreation supervisor Gordon Bailey stated the tactic trialled final 12 months was ineffective and Pindone was the simplest for the realm.

“Pindone-laced carrot is the advisable preliminary management choice with follow-up management of strategic night time taking pictures to maintain rabbits at MMS 3 or under.

“If council doesn’t take management motion now the rabbit inhabitants will quickly improve even additional via the spring because the breeding season kicks in.

“Council additionally must be a superb neighbour as each the neighbouring farms to the reserve undertake vital feral rabbit management.”

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