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Threats to the long-tailed bat

Wild cat, close up of head. Photo: Rod Morris.
Predation by cats is one of the causes behind the decline of the long-tailed bat

Causes of decline are combinations of:

  • Clearance and logging of lowland forests
  • Cutting of old-age trees for fire wood
  • Predation by introduced animals such as cats, possums, rats, and stoats
  • Exclusion of bats from roosts by introduced mammals, birds, wasps, and human interference.

1080 poison helps native bats

New Zealand's bats are rapidly heading towards extinction caused by rat plagues.

In this video Dr Colin O'Donnell explains how biodegradable 1080 poison protects bats on a scale unmatched by rat trapping.

Video by Trakabat


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