Whisky Line - Ross Beech
Chris and Ross cleared and re-baited Whisky Line on 1 October. Catches were 6 rats and 2 possums. There was no predation of carcasses.
All DOC 200 traps were tripped and checked. 4 were not functioning due to the pivot arm being rusted. A kaka was heard at Coldwater and 3 robins were seen on the track.
Feral Cats - Chris Richards
4 feral cats were caught during September.
Feral cats are a siginifacant risk on farmland as the host of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Toxoplasma is one of the two common causes of sheep abortion.
On one local farm an outbeak of toxoplasma abortion has occured in the sheep flock. This occurred despite the flock being vaccinated against the disease. It is likely that the level of toxoplasma infection in the environment was very high.
Toxoplasma can also infect people.
Whisky Line - Wayne Sowman
Patrick, Emma and Wayne travelled by boat to Colwater Hut on 19 October. Emma was checking the possum trap lines between the lake and the swing bridge. Wayne checked and rebaited the cat traps. Catches were 4 possums and 4 rats. The possum in trap 69 had been eaten.
Mt Robert and Speargrass - Wayne, Sim and Robin
Saturday 22 October was a beautiful day for a walk - and rebaiting traps. No 16 trap on Mt Robert Road was missing. There were no catches on Mt Robert and on Speargrass there were 1 possum, 2 stoats and 2 rats.
Rainbow - Peter Hale
Wayne Sowman, Drew Hunter, Russell Chilton and Peter Hale swapped the existing 76 DOC 200 boxes along Rainbow Road, which had been in place while the run-through trap trial took place. These were replaced with DOC 250 traps, which are designed to target the ferrets inhabiting the surrounding farmlands and river flats. Some traps were relocated to better positions - some overhead cover , which stoats prefer.
The remaining DOC 250 traps were placed on the lower section of the ski field access road and the DOC 200s were placed in the upper section of the road. Snow prevented the last few traps being installed.
During winter the traps are removed from the busy ski field road - for safety and security reasons. They are redeployed when the ski season finishes.
A few rats and mice were removed from the traps and they were baited with Erayze. This is our first use of this bait.