The Conservation Dept. needs to be congratulated for the efficient and
effective capturing of the rats which recently re-invaded pest free
Motuora and Motuihe Islands. Pest-free islands will always run the risk
of reinvasion—its not for nothing that rats have the deserved reputation
for being the most successful mammals in the world —and a quick response
plan is needed to respond to a suspected sighting. On the Barrier when a
sighting of a suspected mustelid or possum is reported both the
Conservation Dept. and the Auckland Regional Council have equipment and
people ready to go setting up a trapping or monitoring grid in the area.
The involvement of visitors and people based on pest-free islands has
been critical to tracks being spotted and then followed up with
comprehensive trapping. Pest specific trained dogs have also assisted
the success of locate and capture.