1080 and Possums in New Zealand (1080 and the Environment (Highly Water…
1080 and Possums in New Zealand
1080 and the Environment
Highly Water soluble
Dead rodents/pests can pollute waterways with their dead poisoned carcasses
1080 residues have never been recorded in public water supplies
Does not pose significant threat to any
New Zealand ground dwelling mammals
20,000 deer poisoned annually from 1080
Does not bio-accumulate - not harmful to the environment in and of itself
Doesn't leave residue in soil, plants or water
1080 dispersion in NZ
Primarily Aerial. Poisoned foodstuffs dropped from Helicopters into forests.
e.g Cereal Pellets + Poison laced carrots
Consumed by possums and rats killing them. Also kills stoats that feed off of possum and rat carcasses.
Most effective way to cover large area
What is 1080? (sodium fluoroacetate)
1080 is a pesticide used by the department of conservation to protect New Zealand native species from pests (e.g possums).
Studies prove the effectiveness of 1080 against possums
Possums fall into the category of introduced pests in NZ. They are the main threat to native plants and animals in NZ.
Carriers of lethal disease - bovine tuberculosis
Pass on infection to cattle
Tuberculosis infected possums are in 40% of NZ.
Along with stoats - responsible for 70% of infection in cattle herds
Dairy + Meat is a $14 Billion dollar industry in New Zealand. Major export.
Kill birds and chicks. Raid nests for eggs.
Estimated 30 Million possums in New Zealand
Pesticide is poison used to kill pests