Pos­sum trap thefts

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Di­a­mond Lake Con­ser­va­tion Trust chair­man Dave Kerr is dev­as­tated 20 new pos­sum traps worth $1100 have been stolen from the Matuk­i­tuki Val­ley.

Kerr has re­ported the thefts to the po­lice and is now ap­peal­ing for more in­for­ma­tion.

He said the traps were taken from a trap line near the Matak­i­taki track up­stream from West Wanaka Rd be­tween March 26 and April 16, when vol­un­teer trap­pers checked the line.

Stoat traps on the trap­ping line have not been touched.

The traps were paid for by dona­tions.

‘‘It is dis­ap­point­ing when many vol­un­teer hours are spent try­ing to im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment for all . . . It would have taken two or three per­sons at least three to four hours to gather the traps and carry them out to the road and [they] may have been stolen over more than one day,’’ Kerr said.

The yel­low plas­tic Timms traps have DLCT inked on them with a num­ber, which Kerr said may now have been re­moved.

He is ask­ing if any­one saw cars parked by the West Wanaka bridge over the Matuk­i­tuki River dur­ing the time the traps were taken and wants peo­ple to con­tact the po­lice with in­for­ma­tion.

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