100 rat and mouse combi-traps are now available to the community for protecting native wildlife from predators thanks to FOCUS PAIHIA, BAY OF ISLANDS ITM and BAY BUSH ACTION.
FOCUS PAIHIA funded the 100 rat and mouse traps and 10 stoat traps along with the cutting and assembly of boxes to house the traps. The boxes keep animals like kiwi and weka from accidentally being trapped. The timber and hardware was kindly donated by BAY OF ISLANDS ITM and local pallet maker ROSS PERRY did a special deal putting the boxes together and screwing the traps to their plates in his workshop in Haruru Falls.
Bay Bush Action’s community trap line operates from Watea to Whangae and has locals helping out our native animals by trapping pests in their backyards. This in turn supports the trapping work BBA does in the Opua State Forest behind.
There are also 100 Trapinator possum traps available for the community. People with traps simply text their trap number and what was caught to a number to register a catch. BBA are currently collecting names and addresses, and will be delivering the traps early December. Many of our wonderful community conservationists are on the list to receive a trap, but for those who aren’t and would like to be part of this great initiative please email firstname.lastname@example.org and send through your physical address and phone number.
Special thanks again to ANDY and the TEAM AT ITM for getting the wood organised, donated and delivered to Ross.