Public notice

Possum control poison warning - Milton Flats

Monday 20 April 2015

Regional Services wishes to advise that a ground based possum control operation will be taking place to keep possum numbers under control to prevent spread of TB. This operation will be conducted as a part of the TBfree New Zealand programme.

Areas covered: Located between Table Hill Road – Manuka Gorge Highway. The boundary runs through private forest from Fletcher Road, west over Perry Road, finishing adjacent to the west branch of the Tokomairiro River near Norman Road.

Operation date: 4th May to 31st May

Poisoning methods, poison used and nature of poison: Possum habitats will be targeted using

  • Sodium Fluroacetate (1080). Pellets are dyed green and will be applied directly onto the ground and/or in bait stations

The public is warned not to enter these areas and not to remove carcasses or baits. Baits are dangerous to people and dogs.

General warning

  • Do not touch poison baits/bait stations/traps
  • Do not touch poisoned possum carcasses
  • Keep pets under supervision; do not let dogs eat poisoned carcasses
  • Do not leave children unattended
  • Follow the advice on the poison warning signs.
  • Deadly to Dogs

If you suspect poisoning

  • Contact your local hospital, or dial 111
  • National Poisons Centre 0800 POISON – 0800 764766
  • In the case of a domestic animal being poisoned, contact a local veterinarian

For further information (including maps of the operational area), contact the operator

Bryce Smith, Regional Services, 027 2789120