Mount Egmont Park Scheduled For Massive 1080 Poison Drop


DoC will be carrying out further aerial drops of 1080 over 33,000ha of park land around Mount Egmont between August and December. See: “massive park poison drop

This will be the third time that the area has been treated with 1080, the drops have been carried out every 7 years since 1994.

DoC issues Pesticide Summaries covering the periods March to June, July to October and November to February. Maps are available from the DoC website showing regions of the country that are to be treated. They also publish the following information (take a look at the disclaimer at the end)

  • “All areas where pesticides have been laid are clearly identified with WARNING signs. Take note of signs when entering area.
  • Pesticides Summaries are regularly updated lists of animal pest operations using vertebrate pesticides that occur on lands managed or administered by DOC. This Pesticides Summary does not apply to the use of:
  • ­ Herbicides for control of plants
  • ­ Pesticides for rodent control in huts or buildings
  • ­ Cyanide baits for possum skin or fur recovery
  • ­ Pesticides for invertebrate pest operations (e.g. wasps)
  • ­ Pesticides on off-shore islands that have permit-only access
  • ­ Pesticides on private land (by DOC or other parties) (ed. is 1080 still used on private land?)

Caution notes

  • The ‘date of application’ for the planned operations is provisional only and may be subject to change. Un-programmed operations such as TB blips may occur from time to time. Due to their immediate nature they may not appear on the current Pesticide Summary. Check with the local DOC office before entering any area.
  • The ‘expected time to warning sign removal’ is an estimate only. This period will be extended if bait or carcass monitoring indicates that pesticide residues may still be present. Until this period is finished, warning signs will stay in place and the operation will continue to be listed on the Pesticides Summary.
  • DO NOT EAT animals from these areas while warning signs are present and operations are listed on the Pesticides Summary. Also, DO NOT EAT animals from within the ‘buffer zone’ outside of the operational area boundary, as listed below. Note that there are no buffer zones for cyanide or cholecalciferol.

Animal: Pigs
Within buffer zone of: 5 km
For any operation involving: Brodifacoum, flocoumafen or bromadiolone

Animal: Pigs
Within buffer zone of: 2 km
For any operation involving: Any pesticide except cyanide or cholecalciferol

Animal: Rabbits
Within buffer zone of: 200 m
For any operation involving: Any pesticide except cyanide or cholecalciferol

Animal: Hares, wallabies, or live possums
Within buffer zone of: 1 km
For any operation involving: Any pesticide except cyanide or cholecalciferol

Animal: Deer or any other wild animal
Within buffer zone of: 2 km
For any operation involving: Any pesticide except cyanide or cholecalciferol

Disclaimer

While the information in these Pesticides Summaries are provided in good faith, any person using the information does so at his or her risk solely, and neither Her Majesty the Queen, nor the Minister of Conservation nor Director General of Conservation nor any employee or agent of the Department of Conservation shall be liable for any errors or omissions in this Summary.

Any person who takes any animal from land administered by the Department of Conservation does so at his/her own risk and no warranty, express or implied, is given as to the fitness for human or other consumption of such animals.”

Wow, the disclaimer is an eye opener isn’t it. So much for 100% Pure New Zealand.

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