Cows with Mount Taranaki in the background

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Introduction

You can limit risks to non-target species including dogs, livestock, deer, pigs, fish and invertebrates.

Dog.
Dogs owners should heed 1080 warning signage
Image: Brian Shields © 

Dogs

We warn dog owners of 1080’s presence and its associated risks by placing clear signs at track entrances.

Dogs are particularly sensitive to 1080 and must be kept away from baits and carcasses.

1080 can persist for some months in carcasses of target pests. In colder temperatures, degradation is slowed further. Most dog deaths result from scavenging on poisoned possums, particularly the stomach.

Dog owners should take care to ensure their dog does not come into contact with baits or poisoned carcases.

1080 and responsible dog ownership – 1080 Facts website

Livestock

We work with farmers that are adjacent to pest control operations to manage their stock. Buffer zones are put in place and livestock are mustered away from controlled drop areas until the all-clear is given.

OSPRI are responsible for eradicating bovine tuberculosis which is carried by possums and ferrets. So, reducing pest populations reduces risks to livestock. Where possible, DOC and OSPRI work together on pest control operations to maximise the benefits for natural heritage and livestock health.

Learn about bovine TB – TBfree website

Game

Deer

Deer are not targeted by aerial 1080 operations, but some deer may be affected by 1080 operations designed to protect natural values. Susceptibility depends on the timing of the operation, the size of the animal and the species.

We recognise the value of hunting in New Zealand and we work with hunting groups. We sometimes add deer repellent to 1080 bait to reduce the impact on popular deer-hunting areas. However, there are valid concerns about deer-browsing damage on plant communities.

View our policy: using deer repellent on 1080

Do not eat deer from 1080 treatment areas while warning signs are present.

View an interactive map of where pesticides have or will be laid on DOC-administered land. 

Pigs

Although pigs may be killed during a 1080 operation, their populations aren’t significantly affected. Local observations suggest pig populations rebound quickly – pigs respond to the increased berries and other food sources which increase after possum control. 

Do not eat pigs from 1080 treatment areas while warning signs are present.

View an interactive map of where pesticides have or will be laid on DOC-administered land. 

Fish

  • Studies on multiple fish show that those in water where 1080 is applied are not affected. 
  • If you catch and eat fish from areas where there has been a 1080 operation, the risk of 1080 poisoning is extremely low.
  • As a precaution, do not eat trout for seven days after aerial application of 1080 bait.

Read the research done by the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), Landcare Research, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and others:

1080 and fish – 1080 Facts website

Invertebrates

The following review refers to five different studies conducted over 11 years (1994–2005). Each concludes that 1080 has no detectable impact on invertebrate populations.

Review of scientific papers regarding 1080 and invertebrates – New Zealand Institute of Forestry website

Where 1080 is being used

View an interactive map of where pesticides have or will be laid on DOC-administered land. 

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