Mouse re­port dis­turb­ing

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL -

Auck­land: Con­ser­va­tion staff are re­spond­ing to re­ports a mouse has been seen on a pest­free is­land in the Hau­raki Gulf.

De­part­ment of Con­ser­va­tion Auck­land in­ner is­lands op­er­a­tions man­ager Keith Gell said a Tir­i­tiri Matangi vis­i­tor re­ported see­ing what he be­lieved to be a mouse while walk­ing on Ridge Track.

Sub­se­quently, a ro­dent­de­tect­ing con­ser­va­tion dog has in­di­cated to its han­dler that she smelt a mouse near scene of the re­ported sight­ing.

‘‘We need to know if there is, or isn’t, a mouse on Tir­i­tiri Matangi. So, we’re set­ting up a re­sponse ef­fort to de­ter­mine if a mouse has made it to the is­land,’’ Mr Gell said.

Tir­i­tiri Matangi has been free of an­i­mal pests since 1993. — NZME

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