In addition this farmer found a large quantity of baits in the waterways!
From Dr Meriel Watts
“In 1992 a NZ farm lost 70 deer when an amount of 1080, claimed by contractors to be 10 kilos but calculated by the farmer to have been 71 kilos, was lost over the farm when the helicopter bucket ‘malfunctioned’. The contractor claimed this to be an accident, but the farmer counter-claimed harassment because he would not consent to a 1080 drop on his farm. The carrot bait was spread over an area 100m wide by 12-1400m long. Carrots are the usual winter feed for the deer. Of the remaining 48 hinds only two bred the following season (there is evidence from laboratory experiments that 1080 can affect animals’ breeding cycles). The farmer maintains the conditions of the permit to drop the 1080 in the area near the farm were broken in a number of other ways apart from dropping the carrots on the wrong property:
- the wrong bait was used (it should have been pollard)
- proper pest destruction notices were not served
- hunting licences were not cancelled
- an uncovered bucket was used on the helicopter which resulted in carrots spilling out during flight, prior to the accident over the farm
- the specified supervisor was not present
- a large amount of bait was retrieved from waterways despite the requirement to stay away from them. “
From ‘The Poisoning of NZ’ by Dr Meriel Watts 1994 (p186-7)
Please see our 1080 pages for further info & links to other independent resources on topic. Unfortunately you will not find this info in mainstream sources.
As Jonathan Eisen comments in the foreword to Dr Watts’ book, “… our ‘clean green image’ is only that: an image – propped up by the tourist and agribusiness industries, while the sad facts about our cancer epidemic and our outrageously profligate use of pesticides are ignored or suppressed”.