Volunteers from across the Bay of Plenty are being thanked for their contribution towards the Mokoia Island pest incursion response.
A dead rat was found on the island during a routine bio-security check in March, prompting DOC to launch an incursion response, with support from the Mokoia Island Board of Trustees and Mokoia Island Wai Ora Experiences.
“Volunteers from Rotorua, Tauranga and Taupo offered their time to help with the incursion response", said Partnerships Ranger Caraline Abbott. “It’s inspiring to see that so many people were willing to contribute.”
“We had such a great response; we had many more volunteers than were actually required!”
Aerial view of Mokoia Island
Island Trustees, together with the Department of Conservation and volunteers, were able to determine that this was a lone rat that probably swam from the mainland.
“The trapping lines on the island have been strategically placed to catch rodent pests as soon as they get on the island. The traps have worked exactly as planned”, said Mrs Abbott.
The incursion response is now complete. Monthly bio-security checks continue to be led by DOC with the support of the Mokoia Island Board of Trustees.