pre-feeding

Attempting local elimination of possums (and rats) using dual aerial 1080 baiting

New Zealand aims to eradicate possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) and ship rats (Rattus rattusnationally by 2050. This aim will require more effective tactics for locally eliminating these pests. Therefore, we explored whether possums and rats could be eliminated from large areas using pre-feeding and two applications of sodium fluoroacetate (1080) bait spaced a few months apart.