Monday, June 28, 2010

Rat Bait Falls from Helicopter onto Kakapo Island

A potential disaster for the Kakapo is being dealt with swiftly to minimize any impact. is reporting that 700 kilograms of bait laced with rat poison fell into a lake on remote Anchor Island in Fiordland.
An emergency cleanup operation is under way to protect the native parrots
Conservation Department Te Anau area manager Reg Kemper said the pellets could be fatal for kakapo if they ate about 20 of them, but he said it was unlikely the birds would do that. "It's designed so the rats take a pellet, then come back. It's not like cyanide."

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