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Possum control for Molesworth Recreation Reserve Western hunting area

OSPRI has an aerial 1080 possum control operation planned for Molesworth to control bovine tuberculosis. The following blocks will be treated:

  • Bush Gully and Tarndale, from 1 May 2023.
  • Yarra and Five Mile, from 1 September 2023.

Exact dates will be added when available.

The area being controlled is shown on the operation map: 2023 1080 operation overlay map (PDF, 5,398K)

There may be toxic carcasses and bait (green coloured pellets) in the area. It’s not safe to hunt for food until the caution period is over and warning signs have been removed. This can take up to 8 months.

Dogs are not allowed in Molesworth Recreation Reserve at any time.

For further information about the operation contact Vector Free Marlborough on 0508 548 008 or and see: 

Completed possum control in Molesworth Recreation Reserve

An aerial and ground-based possum control operation using 1080 bait was completed on 24 October 2022. There may be toxic carcasses in the area. Toxic carcasses can take months to break down. There may also be leftover toxic bait in the area – green coloured pellets. 

Molesworth Recreation Reserve is open but do not take and eat animals in this area until the area is safe. This will be shown by removal of the warning signs and this alert.

The area in the pesticide summary map will also show as safe. Pesticide summary map.

1080 is deadly to dogs. How to keep dogs safe around 1080.

This operation is part of DOC's National Predator Control Programme to protect native species.

It was carried out by Vector Free Marlborough Limited, contracted by OSPRI to help control the risk of bovine tuberculosis in domestic stock. About the Molesworth Station tuberculosis response: OSPRI website.

Alternative access – Awatere Valley Road closure

A hunting permit does not guarantee road access when the Acheron Road is closed. An activity permit for driving access to your hunting block will not be issued when the road is closed due to winter weather and farming operations except in exceptional circumstances. Plan for this in your block choices.

Access to the following hunting blocks are:

  • Boundary: Leatham Molesworth Route
  • Mt Severn: Sedgemere (walk around Dog Stream Block)
  • Travellers/Alma: Sedgemere

Alternatively choose a hunting block which is more accessible.

Check alerts for Awatere Valley Road closure information:

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