Public notice

Poison warning - Possum control in the Mopanui area

Thursday 27 August 2015

Otago Regional Council wishes to advise that ground based possum control operations will be taking place to control possums in the Mopanui area.

Area covered: The area is a rectangle, approximately 500m wide and 1.5km long, lying along an east facing ridge north of Mopanui Peak, between Mopanui Road and the Main South Trunk Railway, with a narrow leg running down to opposite the end of Purakanui Station Road.

Operation dates: 31st August to 23rd October 2015.

Poisoning methods, poison used and nature of poison: Possum habitat will be targeted using Feratox encapsulated cyanide baits in bait stations and will be attached to trees and suitable habitat.

Feratox capsules (dyed green) will be placed in bait stations with cereal pre-feed.

The public is warned not to enter this area 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.

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
Kirk Robertson, Otago Regional Council, 027 498 6146.