Weasel on loose in wildlife sanc­tu­ary caught

Otago Daily Times - - GENERAL -

WELLING­TON: A weasel which found its way into Welling­ton wildlife sanc­tu­ary Zealan­dia has been caught.

The fe­male weasel was found in a trap yes­ter­day by a Zealan­dia ranger, at the south­ern end of the sanc­tu­ary where the an­i­mal was first de­tected.

The weasel’s foot­prints were first dis­cov­ered on Oc­to­ber 1, launch­ing a sanc­tu­ary­wide in­cur­sion re­sponse.

More than 100 traps were set in the ur­ban wildlife sanc­tu­ary, baited with rab­bit meat and eggs.

Cam­era traps were also set, cap­tur­ing the weasel on video three times at the same lo­ca­tion.

Con­ser­va­tion and re­search man­ager Dr Danielle Shana­han said she was de­lighted with the re­sult.

‘‘We’ve man­aged to de­tect and re­spond to this re­ally quickly, dra­mat­i­cally re­duc­ing the risk to our wildlife,’’ she said.

How­ever, she was quick to add that it was not over yet.

‘‘We’ll con­tinue to mon­i­tor things closely, keep­ing traps, cam­era traps and track­ing tun­nels out there un­til we’re con­vinced that it was just the one an­i­mal.’’

It was still not clear how the weasel en­tered the sanc­tu­ary and staff would con­tinue to check the 8.6km preda­tor fence. — NZME

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