‘Ruahine Rat Explosion Caused by DoC’ – Council of Outdoor Recreation NZ

From coranz.org.nz

Department of Conservation reports of a rat explosion in the Northern Ruahine Ranges defy credibility and show the department was “out of its depth” in wilderness management according to a sporting hunters’ organisation.

Laurie Collins spokesman for the Sporting Hunters Conservation Outdoor Trust (SCHOT) said research had shown that following aerial drops of 1080 poison, the 20 percent surviving rats with much reduced food competition exploded in numbers. He cited Ruscoe’s research in 2008 “Interaction of Mammalian Pest Populations following Control” that showed rats recover quickly and increase quickly so within 18 months rat numbers would be two to three times greater than before poisoning operations.

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11 thoughts on “‘Ruahine Rat Explosion Caused by DoC’ – Council of Outdoor Recreation NZ”

  1. Hi Pam Thanks for all of the good posts on the problems we all have. This 1080 business is crazy.  Why is it still allowed?

    I would think that the Rat Explosion is similar to that found in viruses that become antibiotic */resistance/* In any population there are variations in the reaction to outside influences: – allergies to various – ability of digest various – susceptibility to catch the flu or cold whenever it circulates.

    So, if a population is flooded by a toxin then there MAY be some individuals that are resistant And these individuals will live and propagate And if the environment has no other things to prevent population growth then the population will explode.

    Just my 2bits worth. Cheers Ted ****

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    1. Hi Ted, you’re welcome & thanks 🙂 And yes sounds right to me Ted (what you are saying). In fact it’s happened with lice/nits. They’ve become well nigh impossible to be rid of now, with a booming industry of (ineffective & expensive) cures from the pharmacies. And word is yes they’re now an immune population.

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  2. NO!!! ME OR THE ARTICLE IS NOT KIDDING, IN FACT THIS IS BEYOND WORDS. SOME PARENTS TODAY IN NORTH KOREA, ARE SO POOR, THAT SOME RESOLVE TO ACTUALLY MURDERING THEIR CHILDREN AND EATING THEM. THIS IS NOT DONE IN SOUTH KOREA, WHERE LIFE IS COMPARATIVELY POLARIZED.

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  3. Everyone in NZ including DOC knows that 1080 poison causes more Rats, But they still go ahead with “More & More Drops”? The Corruption in this Department is “way over the top”

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