Six kea, half of a Conservation Trust study, have died following an aerial 1080 drop in Otago

Further update on this as at March 3rd: Probably more than 6 kea have died

The said kea will be undergoing post mortems.  We wait with baited breath for the outcome, and can likely be sure that they, like the Sth Is North Beach rats, weren’t poisoned by 1080 it being mere coincidence their demise (like the North Beach rats & other various items of marine life) just happened to follow an aerial drop of the deadly Class 1A Ecotoxin. After all 1080 is ‘not very harmful to humans’ even NZ children are taught at school, and let’s remember it only targets pests like stoats, rats and possums. Well, so we are told. And in this case well they say it could be the public’s fault for feeding them in the first place. Doesn’t make sense that does it? If only pests are targeted, then it’s not working.  They can’t have it both ways. EWR

From Stuff

Kea part of Conservation Trust study group found dead near Wānaka

‘Six kea have died following an aerial 1080 predator control operation in Otago.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of the deaths in the Matukituki Valley near Wānaka.

The birds were among 12 kea being monitored by the Kea Conservation Trust for a study on the impact of predators.

The remaining six birds have been confirmed alive since the DOC operation on February 11.

Trust chairwoman Tamsin Orr-Walker said the team was devastated.

There was always a risk during a 1080 drop that birds would pick up the bait, but she was not aware of any previous incidents where such a large number were affected.

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DOC threats director Amber Bill said there was a concern the tracked kea may have been exposed to human food around the tramping huts in the valley, potentially making them more vulnerable to picking up 1080 cereal baits.

“While we are confident that predator control operations benefit kea populations at large, it’s upsetting to lose six birds.”

The 1080 drop followed the biggest forest mast in 40 years, which fuelled rodent plagues and created a spike in stoat numbers that posed a serious threat to ground-nesting kea and other native wildlife, she said.

Previous research found kea had increased survival and nesting success when 1080 was used to control rats and stoats.

While the risk of 1080 to kea in remote areas was low, it increased with birds that had leaned to scavenge for human food.

RELATED: A NZ Landcare scientist estimates the likely death toll from an Otago 1080 drop in 2002 to be around 10,000 birds

“Our work to mitigate the risk to kea from 1080 is based on extensive research and the results of 222 monitored kea through 19 aerial 1080 operations at 12 South Island sites,” Bill said.

DOC was looking to launch a campaign discouraging people from feeding kea and interaction that could lead to scrounging behaviour.

Results of the autopsy and toxicology testing on the dead birds are expected later this week.

Orr-Walker asked that people in the area report any kea sightings over the next few months on the kea database website, especially kea that have leg bands.

This would enable the trust to confirm status of their project birds.





Image by skeeze from Pixabay


4 thoughts on “Six kea, half of a Conservation Trust study, have died following an aerial 1080 drop in Otago”

  1. THis makes it even more urgent to put a STOP to this reckless use of this deadly eco-toxic poison . . as Friends of Sherwood asy in their PRESS RELEASE:

    The latest plan to extract tutin from our native tutu plant
    to use on rats, and other species demonised as ‘pests’,
    highlights the mentality of people who rely on poisons for a quick fix,
    and indeed their livelihood, without a thought to the damage they inflict on the rest of the ecosystem,
    or indeed the suffering inflicted on the target species as well as any other animals, unwittingly being exposed.
    ‘If the amount of time and money spent on developing ever more poisons, even if from ‘natural’ sources, was used instead to implement already tried and true, non-toxic, and more humane solutions, we’d all be better off’, says Friends of Sherwood spokesperson, Tricia Cheel.

    As part of their continuing campaign to gain enough signatures by Friday 17th April, to trigger a referendum, about 1080 and other cruel poisons, they have a nationwide day of collection planned for St Patrick’s Day, which also happens to be St Gertrude of Nivelles’ Day, on Wednesday 17th March.
    The lesser-known of the two is patron saint of cats and is said to have rid communities of rats and mice using cats,a tried and true, non-toxic method, if ever there was one, way back in the fifth century.

    ‘We should be looking after cats, not demonising them, and they, and other predators, like owls and hawks,will likely take care of any rodent “problem”‘, says Cheel. ‘If it doesn’t, it is still no excuse to inflict such intense and prolonged suffering that the SPCA says ‘can never be justified’ in their public statement of 2019.’

    Nobody knows the extent of suffering that tutin is likely to inflict, but we do know that bees are susceptible,and farmers have observed horrific effects of tutu poisoning where cows ‘blow up’.

    Bob Kerridge, who was with the SPCA for 32 years, and was promoted to Officer of NZ Order of Merit for Services to Animal Welfare & Governance, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2018, adds his voice to the call for the question to be put to all voters, expressing particular concern about PAPP being used to target cats.
    As he says ‘Unbelievably, cats are the latest animal to be selected as a targeted predator which will astound and horrify most people. Especially for cats, paraminopropiophenone, or PAPP, is as hideous as 1080 and starts a process of dying which is inhumane & painfully slow. The persecution of cats, the country’s most popular and adored companion animal, is as unfathomable as it is without foundation. PREDATOR FREE-2050 is creating a generation who “find killing weirdly addictive”. Such a trend is deeply disturbing.’

    The referendum will give all kiwis a chance to agree, or not with Dr Jane Goodall, world renowned conservationist, when she says “There are more humane ways of dealing with ‘invasive species’ than 1080”.
    Friends of Sherwood hope that with a massive effort from all those concerned about animal welfare, that they will get that opportunity in the upcoming elections.
    Many collectors will be dressed as cats and wearing green, as well as tutus, to make the point that, even if a green pellet with tutu can dance Swan Lake, OUR rate and tax money would be better spent on
    implementing, and developing, non-toxic, and more humane solutions, and are calling on all compassionate and caring kiwis to don their cat whiskers and ballet gear, and make Saint Gertrude proud on 17th April
    at venues throughout the country being posted up on the website hosting the referendum, and Friends of Sherwood’s FaceBook page.

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    1. Thanks for your comprehensive reply Wonder Mouse. Will share the page. Would be great if you could add a reblog button 🙂 … and the cats, they’re one of the introduced species they want rid of according to Agenda 21/30. All non natives to go but they’re warming the gullible to the idea by increments. Same with the deer. Just over poison them & now we hear they’re pests. Didn’t used to be.


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