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DOC's expert trapping guidance is now available in our 'Predator Free: A practical guide to trapping' resource. Suitable for beginners to experienced trappers.


DOC's 'Predator Free 2050: A practical guide to trapping' offers easy steps to trapping of mustelids (stoats, ferrets, weasels), rats and possums in any environment. It's a simple 'how-to' with advice from DOC's technical experts for trappers of all skill levels.

You can download a copy of the guide below, or request a hardcopy from your local DOC visitor centre.

This guide offers expert guidance to:

  • identify and target predators
  • spot and monitor predator habitats
  • understand predator behaviour
  • understand and use the most effective control methods.

Practical methods that work

Effective trapping is achieved by identifying the predators in your area and understanding their behaviour. Using our guide, you can find our how to monitor predators and choose the best control methods.

Once you know the predators you want to target and understand their behaviour, the guide will help you select the right tools, such as traps, baits and layouts. This will help you to tailor your approach to use control methods that will work for the space you're working in.

This guide shows you how to use the most reliable approaches to control predators and learn hands-on skills that work. This includes how to:

  • select the best bait
  • build and use monitoring tools
  • tailor trap layouts and combined them for multiple predator types
  • build the ideal trap maintenance kit
  • test and maintain your traps.

The guide also features supplier lists for traps, baits, lures, monitoring equipment and links to online resources to support your use of each.

Humane trapping advice

The guide offers advice on which traps have passed humane testing in New Zealand. If a trap has been assessed by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), the guide has a reference table of results. You can also view this table on our animal welfare for traps page.

NAWAC was set up to provide independent advice to the Government minister responsible for animal welfare. This role includes their review of traps impact on the physical welfare of targeted animals.


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