New high tech traps will reduce the need for 1080 poison

New Zealand First are celebrating the announcement of an investment of $3.5 million into five new trapping devices. These are a range of bait and trap devices, all designed to be left unattended for long periods of time.

NZ First conservation spokesperson Jenny Marcroft says that this latest development will reduce the need for 1080 poison to eradicate predator species.

"This funding signals a necessary and significant shift away from the use of 1080 in New Zealand without compromising our pest control requirements.” She said.

Funding will come from the $19.5 million investment announced early this year from the Provincial Growth Fund, which is earmarked to find an alternative to 1080-use.

The remaining $12 million will be used for new large-scale predator control projects.

The traps will contribute towards the goal of making New Zealand predator-free by 2050.

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