Cartoon - Dogs pose threat to Tamahunga kiwi

By: James Nicholls

More than a decade of predator trapping efforts and years of negotiations with the Department of Conservation (DOC) will soon allow environmentalists to start translocating kiwi to Mt Tamahunga from next year.

But Tamahunga Trappers stress they will need the cooperation of local dog owners to make the introduction a success.

The group says the mountain and its 800ha of forested area as the most significant ecological site between Auckland and the Brynderwyn, and substantially larger than the Tawharanui Open Sanctuary.

Years of trapping efforts on the mountain have successfully seen the voluntary return of bellbird, kaka and tomtit.

Trappers first approached the DOC in 2015 to add kiwi to the list of native birds brought back to the mountain, but pulled the plug on their own application when they realised that more work needed to be done.  ... read more

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