Ten female kakapo have been quickly moved off Anchor Island after a stoat was spotted on Good Friday.Full story at the Southland Times.
Anchor Island (1380ha) has high ecological and conservation values, and is currently home to 86 kakapo.
Don Merton, who first became involved with protecting kakapo in 1959, was devastated to learn a stoat had been spotted.
He said staff always knew stoats could swim across to the island but they did not know how quickly stoats could establish there.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Don Merton devastated by threat of stoat
Long time endangered Kakapo conservationist Don Merton is said to be devastated by the news that a stoat has been seen on Anchor Island.