Black Footed Ferrets
Mustelids (ferrets, stoats and weasels) were first introduced in the 1880s to control New Zealand’s growing rabbit plagues, but had limited impact on rabbit populations.
They have become a major predator of native birds and in particular native flightless birds such as the kiwi and takahe have suffered heavy predation. . . . → Read More: Control Of Mustelids – Ferrets, Stoats, Weasels
The brief for this report asks for an examination of some possible models for delivering potential future funding to rabbit control; clearly this will be dependent on the purpose of funding.
Public good funding for research, facilitation, coordination and information would be better targeted to institutions with existing responsibilities for these roles.
Funding . . . → Read More: Mechanisms To Deliver Effective Rabbit Management In New Zealand
RHD is still effective and making a difference but adequate secondary control measures will always be necessary to take advantage of RHD on rabbit prone land – killing the survivors before they breed and limiting the potential for viral attenuation and evolutionary adaptation in rabbits.
The RCD Applicant Group made it clear . . . → Read More: Maintaining The Benefits Of RHD On Rabbit Prone Land In New Zealand
Regional/District councils with semi-arid land (SAL) in their regions have carried out rabbit trend monitoring, principally using night-counting, since they were first established.
In some cases this was a continuation of the night-count routes that were set up during the time of Pest Destruction Boards or later during the RLMP.
Following the arrival . . . → Read More: Monitoring Rabbit Population Trends In New Zealand
Reddiex and Norbury (2005) concluded that ‘there is no way at present to assess the marginal costs and benefits of rabbit control’, this is confounded by the inability to differentiate the impacts between the combined effects of grazing by sheep and rabbits.
Furthermore, the inability of such analyses to adequately account for the environmental . . . → Read More: Economic Impacts Caused By Rabbits In New Zealand