Possum trap thefts
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.