OSPRI finally admits it killed 92% of Molesworth Stn’s deer in 2017 with 1080 poison intended for possums (an estimated 4,000 deer)

Molesworth Station in the South Island, is a publicly owned park managed by NZ’s Department of Conservation…

“…up to 4,000 deer were killed in that one 1080 operation!! …

IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT THIS AERIAL POISON OPERATION WAS TO KILL POSSUMS – NOT DEER !

It should also be remembered that pigs, goats, and birds were killed in unknown numbers at Molesworth as well. Insects feeding on poisoned carcasses are killed. Birds are killed when they feed on carcasses ( hawks, falcons ), on poisoned insects, (owls and the smaller insectivores) or on the baits themselves.”

 

By Carol Sawyer

Eight helicopters dropped toxic 1080 bait at 2kg/ha on a 61,200ha area in late October, 2017. This iconic high-country station is owned by the people of New Zealand and is a recreation reserve managed by the Department of Conservation.

Molesworth Station is a massive 180,787 ha and a further two aerial 1080 drops (ca. 60,000 ha each) were planned. These were deferred “after the initial possum control operation [in] 2017 killed more deer than expected” an Ospri spokesman told the NZ Herald, 17 August, 2018

A hunters’ survey at the time, of approx. 10% of the 61,200 ha poisoned area, reported 345 dead deer – whole family groups. As it was Spring (late October) there will have been fawns left to starve.

http://kapitiindependentnews.net.nz/whats-up-doc-3-deer-k…/…

The Marlborough branch of the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association then commissioned a survey of the whole area aerially 1080 poisoned, “to assess the amount of collateral damage done by 1080 poison” and to “inform the public debate”. They hired helicopters “to methodically sweep 60,000 hectares of the country’s largest high-country farm, Molesworth Station, counting the number of by-kill deer after the toxic poison drop.”

The survey and its results have never appeared.

On Feb 14, 2019, it was announced that the results of the survey, together with a report by Lincoln University PHD student Kaylyn Pinney would be released to the public “within a month”.

Here we are, March 22, 2019, and the report has still not been made public. It is now nearly 18 months since the aerial 1080 poison drop.

HOWEVER – last night, March 21, 2019, there was a meeting of the Upper Clutha branch of the NZ Deerstalkers’ Assn held in Wanaka. Approximately 25 people attended. A representative from OSPRI, Jennifer Lawn, was in attendance to talk about their TBfree programme, and in particular the results of their aerial 1080 poisoning of the Timaru Creek area, Lake Hawea, 20 June, 2018.

Lawn (OSPRI Operations Extension), when giving figures on how many deer are killed by 1080 poison, volunteered the information that 92% of the total deer population on Molesworth Station were killed by the October, 2017 poison drop. (Joel Lund was in attendance and he wrote this appalling figure down.) (1)

If 345 deer were killed in 10% of the station originally surveyed, and the kill rate is 92%, that means that presumably up to 4,000 deer were killed in that one 1080 operation!! No wonder OSPRI “deferred” the remaining two thirds of Molesworth Station.

IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED THAT THIS POISON OPERATION WAS TO KILL POSSUMS – NOT DEER !

It should also be remembered that pigs, goats, and birds were killed in unknown numbers at Molesworth as well. Insects feeding on poisoned carcasses are killed. Birds are killed when they feed on carcasses ( hawks, falcons ), on poisoned insects, (owls and the smaller insectivores) or on the baits themselves.

(1) James Knapp, who was Health and Safety Manager for OSPRI at the time of this 1080 drop confirmed today that he considered the 92% figure to be correct.

(2) “An admission by the old AHB after a local poison op in 2002 admitted that 85% of the deer in the drop zone would have been poisoned. That admission came only after we persisted in hassling them after we found 18 dead deer.” – Lew Hore, Oamaru

(3) This deer and fawn are not from Molesworth, as NO information has been allowed into the public domain from the Molesworth 1080 drop. The photo is to help illustrate what happened, that’s all.

Header Photo: Screen shot from Taupo 1080 Drop, CGNZ

Poster below – by James Smith

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If you are new to NZ’s 1080 poisoning program here is a good article to start with …

WHY ARE PEOPLE SO CONCERNED ABOUT 1080?

A must watch also is Poisoning Paradise, the doco made by the GrafBoys (banned from screening on NZ TV, yet a 4x international award winner). Their website is tv-wild.com. Their doco is a very comprehensive overview with the independent science to illustrate the question marks that remain over the use of this poison. There are links also on our 1080 resources page to most of the groups, pages, sites etc that will provide you with further information to make your own informed decision on this matter.

If you are pro poisoning of the environment, EnvirowatchRangitikei is not the place to espouse your opinions. Mainstream would be the place to air those. This is a venue for sharing the independent science you won’t of course find there.

 

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14 thoughts on “OSPRI finally admits it killed 92% of Molesworth Stn’s deer in 2017 with 1080 poison intended for possums (an estimated 4,000 deer)”

  1. There is so much negative thoughts on this and rightly so. If I done it I’d be prosecuted to the maximum. What I see is greed. People are making money out of this and they are the ones that need to be prosecuted. So yes I smell greed and it starts from the top. Kia ora

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  2. Hi Pam

    We hope all is going well.

    Can you take us off your mailing list. please. Just send the occasional truly local story.

    The problem is that my system has become overloaded and Google are now demanding $$$ from me to extend storage space!

    Best wishes,

    Alan Tristram KIN Editor

    On Wed, Mar 27, 2019 at 1:41 AM Rangitikei Environmental Health Watch wrote:

    > Pam Vernon posted: “Molesworth Station in the South Island, is a publicly > owned park managed by NZ’s Department of Conservation… “…up to 4,000 > deer were killed in that one 1080 operation!! … IT SHOULD BE REMEMBERED > THAT THIS AERIAL POISON OPERATION WAS TO KILL POSSUMS ” >

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    1. Hi Alan,

      all’s well thanks. I understand re the emails no worries. Can you remind me though of your email, if you add it in comments only I will see it.

      Unfortunately I can’t select what you’re sent. WP doesn’t do that.

      Best wishes

      Pam

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  3. The DoC Corporation did the same thing up here at the South Head side of the Kaipara Harbour, An old couple had to leave the land & go to a Retirement village, They had always protected several hundred deer that lived here, The Old couple left it to Auckland council, thinking that the “People from the City could come up and enjoy the Deer & the Beautiful Scenery, But DOC Directed the Council to kill all the deer,, The Killed every single one. The Couple have now passed on, but probably turning in their graves ?

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    1. Isn’t it!! Just a note on that, I’ve seen in the conversations between hunters, locals & so on, they comment that they’ve sometimes seen the helicopters return & dump extra bait on the deer clearings.

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  4. I have read a lot about this and was of the understanding that it was against the Law, but perhaps it is different for the D.O.C. Here two sections out of the Crimes Act.

    298A Causing disease or sickness in animals
    (1) Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years who, without lawful justification or reasonable excuse, directly or indirectly causes or produces in an animal a disease or sickness that causes a situation of a kind described in subsection (2) to occur, either—
    (a) intending a situation of that kind to occur; or
    (b) being reckless as to whether a situation of that kind occurs.
    (2) A situation of a kind referred to in subsection (1) is a situation that—
    (a) constitutes a serious risk to the health or safety of an animal population; and
    (b) is likely, directly or indirectly, to cause major damage to the national economy of New Zealand.
    Section 298A: inserted, on 17 November 2003, by section 5 of the Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 2003 (2003 No 105).

    298B Contaminating food, crops, water, or other products
    Every one is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years who contaminates food, crops, water, or any other products, without lawful justification or reasonable excuse, and either knowing or being reckless as to whether the food, crops, water, or products are intended for human consumption, and—
    (a) intending to harm a person or reckless as to whether any person is harmed; or
    (b) intending to cause major economic loss to a person or reckless as to whether major economic loss is caused to any person; or
    (c) intending to cause major damage to the national economy of New Zealand or reckless as to whether major damage is caused to the national economy of New Zealand.
    Section 298B: inserted, on 17 November 2003, by section 5 of the Crimes Amendment Act (No 2) 2003 (2003 No 105).

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    1. Yep & DoC of course Pete have wormed their way out of all of that by tweaking the animal cruelty act & the resource consents (so’s they don’t need one for dropping in water) & food, well they just deny everything. And seem to get away with it. Look at Sue Grey’s efforts, DoC successfully managed to get the judge not to let her question their (fake) ‘scientists’. 😦

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      1. Exactly. Dirty sick f**kers. They all need to be fed the same shit and left to die. They;ll all be taking backhanders and probably have shares in the manufacture of this shit. Barstards.

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