Pest Contractor Paul “Ditch” Keeling has
been culling rabbits in the Okiwi (and elsewhere) for a few weeks now.
Over the 20 night shoots he has removed 3528 rabbits and 15 cats. The
male cats shown are among the largest seen in Okiwi in recent years.
“Night shooting as ongoing rabbit control
will also facilitate eradicating these mature trap-shy animals. Evidence
gathered NZ wide shows that the most successful and important breeding
wildcats are the least likely to be removed by traditional trapping
methodologies” he said.
Cat trapping by DoC in the Okiwi basin is
limited to specific trap types because of the potential to harm brown
Ditch - a little bleary-eyed
after 20 nights on the job.
Photo: David Speir