“DOC’s underwhelming response and fanciful explanations” for the West Coast wildlife deaths are “simply not good enough” says a Veterinarian (Dr Trolove, Pres. NZFFA)

From coranz.org.nz

West Coast Beach Dead Rats Killed by 1080?

Dead rats found on beaches near the mouth of the Buller River near Westport were almost certainly 1080 killed rodents, despite Department of Conservation denials says a trout fishing advocacy the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA)

NZFFA president Dr Peter Trolove, a retired veterinarian, said the rats most probably came from a 1080 drop in the Maruia valley, a tributary of the Buller. On November 2 and 3, 2019 the Department of Conservation aerially sowed approximately 140 tons of 1080 baits over nearly 70,000 ha of the upper Maruia and Grey catchments he said.
On 9 and10 November, after a heavy rainfall, over 700 dead rats, a weka, a goat, and a number of black petrels and bottom feeding marine fish washed up on a Westport beach 140 km from the start of the Maruia valley operation.  Because of 1080’s secondary poisoning characteristic, every carcass may remain toxic, a danger to wildlife, people and their dogs.
“The operation covered the section of the Maruia River from the Lewis Pass to below the Maruia settlement. The Maruia River joins the Buller River below Murchison which in turn flows into the sea at Westport,’ said Dr Trolove.

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2 thoughts on ““DOC’s underwhelming response and fanciful explanations” for the West Coast wildlife deaths are “simply not good enough” says a Veterinarian (Dr Trolove, Pres. NZFFA)”

  1. The fact that DOCs 1080 poison was in the River for a number of days & then found it’s way into the sea after 100 Ks is Proof that 1080 Poison “DOES NOT BREAK DOWN IN WATER” as it killed many fish & possibly 2 whales that were found on the same beach at the same time ? We must keep in mind that 1080 poisin did the same thing in Auckland when DOC poisoned the Gulf Islands”

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    1. Yes those of us who believe this we take the precautionary approach … it’ll be too late to argue semantics when you’re in your box and 6 foot under.

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