Cats not rats
Conservation Week is underway and last weekend, I noticed the Taranaki Regional Council held a Predator-free Taranaki information meeting where people could pick up rat traps and boxes to trap pests. Good work! The issue I have in conservation week is I have put a huge amount of time and energy into my property to attract a safe environment to attract bird life, native and otherwise.
The biggest pest hunting predator in my property is the neighbourhoods’ cats. They roam uncontrolled around my property, yes they may kill any rats or mice they can, but these non-border controlled pets are seen to be frightening and catching the birds here, even climbing the trees.
Yet, when the cat questions are asked with the Taranaki Regional Council and the Stratford District Council staff, they just shrug their shoulders, and end of discussion. Question, the mice on my property, I have yet to see evidence of them killing and eating the birds yet these cats, well! Conservation week, mmm. What about this cat issue in too hard basket.
Titiro ki mua kia whakatika a muri. Look to the past to proceed into the future.