In the “Pāteke survival guide”
- If pāteke are in your area make sure your dogs are under control and watch out for other dogs in the area.
- Contact DOC regarding pāteke aversion training for any dogs likely to come into contact with pāteke .
- Work closely with the local community and dog control officers.
- Maintain good signage of pāteke needs, dog restrictions, and that wandering dogs will be shot, poison laid, cats caught, etc. Sign templates are available from DOC.
- Dogs may be shot if they are worrying stock or threatening wildlife on your land. Follow legal and safety requirements of the Arms Code.
- Dog traps are a good advocacy tool and can be effective in catching dogs—different types are available (liaise with DOC).
Some other potential problem species may need to be controlled:
- Is pukeko control needed? Where pukeko are common they can impact on pāteke, especially on those with young broods. Consult with DOC about the need to manage pukeko and paradise shelduck if their numbers are high, and determine permit requirements and appropriate methodology with them.
- Is harrier control needed? Some pāteke populations have recovered without harriers being controlled, but there is a potential impact on pāteke, especially young (and potentially weak) birds. Controlling harriers is complex and needs to be discussed with local DOC staff.
- Providing culverts and dense vegetation in pāteke areas probably helps reduce predation by harriers.
- Discourage and preferably exclude mallards from the management area.
- Monitor potential ripple effects, e.g. increases in rabbit and rodent numbers that could be associated with the predator control. Implement control, particularly if there are other animals present that are sensitive to these pests. See DOC regarding best practice for control of other pests.