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Start backyard trapping

Once you know which predators you’re dealing with, it’s time to select your traps. All the traps we recommend are humane and meet the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee ...
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Choosing the right method (or methods) is vital for predator control. Once you’ve identified your target predators, this section has everything you need to know about trapping and baiting. ...
Cam Speedy applies his possum lure.

Advanced tips and tricks

Discover new ways to take your trapping skills to the next level. Get hands-on advice about trapping in the bush, your backyard and beyond. ON THIS PAGE Create a ...
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A little bit of know how is the secret to predator control success on your lifestyle block. ON THIS PAGE For all traps and bait stations Possum control Rodent ...
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Lifestyle blocks

Introduced predators (rats, mice, possums, feral cats, hedgehogs, stoats, ferrets and weasels) create havoc on lifestyle blocks. They destroy fruit trees, spread diseases, damage equipment and harm native plants ...
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Lifestyle blocks: Cost

Cost can vary from place to place depending on scale, terrain, habitat, pest species and whether labour is voluntary or not. ON THIS PAGE Density Building and sheds For ...
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Kea curiosity can be fatal. The Kea Conservation Trust released an updated safe practice guide for ground-based predator control in kea habitat. The world’s only alpine parrot, the kea, ...
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A gutsy group of Queen Charlotte Sound locals are chasing their dream of a regenerated native forest. Propelled by community camaraderie the group has removed wilding pines, brought down ...
Some people find it easier to set DOC series traps using a piece of rope. If your trap is secured well to the ground then you can thread a piece of rope through the handle and use this to pull the handle and set the trap.
It’s really important to maintain your traps so they keep getting results. See our quick tips below for community groups and ‘expert’ trappers. ON THIS PAGE The basics DOC ...
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Community groups and individuals around Aotearoa are innovating and experimenting with predator control to improve outcomes in their area. We’ve pulled together some general tips and tricks to share with ...
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Below are some tried and tested baits and lures for predator control. Have you got more for us to add to the list? Get in touch.  ON THIS PAGE ...
Godwit in flight
If you’ve ever found a longhaul airline flight gruelling, spare a thought for those expert longhaulers, the kūaka /bar-tailed godwits (Limosa lapponica baueri) – currently departing for Alaska. They ...