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New Zealand Planning to be Possum Free by 2050



Australian possums, long considered a pest in New Zealand, now face eradication in the country by 2050, along with other foreign predators such as rats and stoats.

Prime Minister John Key
unveiled the ambitious new goal to make NZ predator free to protect native fauna at Wellington's Zealandia wildlife sanctuary on Monday.

Rats, possums and stoats, which kill 25 million of New Zealand's native birds every year and prey on other native species like lizards, will be the main targets.

The Australian brush tailed possum was introduced into New Zealand in 1837 to establish a fur trade, and has since flourished in the fertile environment.

The government admits it's the most ambitious conservation project attempted anywhere in the world.

In 2013, the University of Auckland said making the country predator-free over 50 years was possible but it would cost more than $NZ9 billion. (= $6 Billion USD)

'It's a big goal and it's going to take a lot of effort,' Mr Key said.

'But I think it's proven to be possible on those outer islands and I think with the right effort and the right commitment we can do it right across the country.'

'They'll still have plenty of years in front of them in front of the fire,' he told reporters.

A new joint venture company called Predator Free New Zealand will be set up to drive the program.

Source: http://www.skynews.com.au


Fur Industry News - Worldwide
by RB Media Group
Posted: July 26, 2016