Rainbow Line - Russell Chilton
Myself, Wayne, and Kevin cleared the Rainbow Valley and skiifield road traps on Sunday 28th May We also collected up another truck load of traps off the skiifield road ready for the winter. Weather conditions were great throughout the day.
There was sound of bird life (especially Tuis and Bellbirds) all up the valley: hopefully this is because of the trapping we have done and the wasp control that Drew and Warwick have done for Rainbow Station.
Our catches were; possums 5, hedgehogs 2, rats 4, stoats 1
Looks like the stoat numbers have really come down at the moment in line with other years.
From now on, throughout the winter months we are will doing complete bait changes on all clearances of traps on roster dates with erayze in the DoC 250's please, bait is in the freezer in workshop.
Feral Cats - Chris Richards
Feral cats reported trapped in May as follows.
Tophouse Road 6
Big Bush 5
Additional stats from Big Bush since January 12
Total + late stats 32
Total catch to date for 2016/2017 (July 1 – June 30)
Feral cats 114