Mouse report disturbing
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