Pre and post predator control monitoring

Taranaki Mounga and Department of Conservation have completed a number of monitoring projects in the lead up to the 1080 operation.

Since mid-2018 320 separate rat tracking tunnel cards, 160 stoat tracking tunnel cards and a further 320 waxtags for monitoring possums have been set up across the Park. There has been intensive monitoring on three separate occasions since August 2018. We have accumulated 960 rat tracking nights, 6720 wax tag nights and 3360 stoat tracking card nights. Results indicated high predator numbers are evenly distributed throughout the Mounga. This has resulted in our team and volunteers setting up additional trapping technology in highly sensitive areas to protect biodiversity.

For the Kaitake Range alone possums showed on 48 per cent of monitoring devices. The number is much higher for rats at 93% per cent.

Sixteen sensor cameras have been moved around the Kaitake Range, and the southern and northern side of the Mounga. Combined, over 5,500 seperate sensor images have been taken at over dozens of different locations. All these images are loaded onto the citizen science platform Zooniverse.

All of these monitoring activities will be repeated post-operation to track the results.

Extra trapping will help stop predators re-invading

A halo of trapping devices are being installed to stop the re-invasion of predators from outside the Park. This work is part of Towards a Predator Free Taranaki. This is in addition to more than 4,300 active traps across the Park. All are checked and maintained by hundreds of volunteers from community groups like Kaitake Ranges Conservation Trust, farming families, START Taranaki, Taranaki Kiwi Trust volunteers and other groups.

Read more about the 1080 operations here.

If you or anyone has any queries about this operation please email us on info@taranakimounga.nz.