history; pest management; philosophy of reasoning

Asking the right questions about Predator Free New Zealand

The official Predator Free New Zealand programme launched in 2016 is based on a hugely inspiring, aspirational ambition to eradicate all invasive rodents (rats Rattus norvegicus and R. rattus but not mice Mus musculus), mustelids (stoat Mustela erminea, ferret M. furo, and weasel M. nivalis) and possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) from throughout New Zealand by 2050. Others had already been doing predator control for years, but this campaign has caught the public imagination as no previous operation ever has.