Two Kaitake Ranges Conservation Trust volunteers place a trap
Image: Kaitake Ranges Conservation Trust | ©

Introduction

Protecting backyard native wildlife just got easier for Taranaki residents as DOC opens the regions first trap library.

Date:  16 October 2019

DOC Taranaki opened a trap library earlier this week after receiving numerous requests from schools and the community for assistance with trapping.

“People can borrow traps just like borrowing a book from the library,” says DOC Community Ranger Ellen Squire.

“Traps, particularly possum traps aren’t cheap, so it is great to be able to fill a resource gap. Our hope is that the library will inspire residents to engage in long term predator control throughout the region and further help protect our native wildlife”.

Traps are available to loan free of charge from DOC's New Plymouth office for three months at a time. Every trap is ethically approved and the traps available are primarily used to target stoats and possums.

Borrowers are encouraged to feedback information to DOC on what they have caught. All information will be collated to form an image of how Taranaki residents are contributing to the protection of local wildlife and native bush from the threat of introduced predators. 

The trap library compliments the work being done as part of Towards Predator-Free Taranaki, with the aim of the project to be the first predator free region in the country.

If you are interested in borrowing a trap, contact DOC New Plymouth on +64 6 759 0350.

Contact

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