Tag Archives: standard operating procedure

DOG004: Ground baiting of wild dogs with 1080

Wild dogs, which include feral domestic dogs, dingoes and their hybrids, prey on livestock causing significant impact on agricultural production. Methods of control include poisoning with sodium fluoroacetate (commonly known as 1080), trapping, shooting, exclusion fencing, aversion and use of livestock guarding animals. Lethal baiting is considered to be the most cost-effective control method currently […]

DOG003: Ground Shooting of Wild Dogs

Shooting of wild dogs is undertaken by government vertebrate pest control officers, landholders and professional or experienced amateur shooters. Shooting is usually an opportunistic method of control although it can be used to target specific problem animals. It is labour intensive and considered an ineffective technique to reduce populations of wild dogs over extensive areas. […]

DOG005: Aerial baiting of wild dogs with 1080

Wild dogs, which include feral domestic dogs, dingoes and their hybrids, prey on livestock causing significant impact on agricultural production. Methods of control include poisoning with sodium monofluoroacetate (1080), trapping, shooting, exclusion fencing, aversion and use of livestock guarding animals. Lethal baiting is considered to be the most cost-effective control currently available and is the […]

RAB010: Bait delivery of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease Virus (RHDV)

Background Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) is used to minimise the impact of the introduced European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) on agricultural production and the environment. Other rabbit control methods include poisoning, warren destruction, surface harbour removal, shooting, trapping, exclusion fencing and biological control with myxomatosis. RHDV causes rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD), an acute, highly contagious […]

DON002: Aerial shooting of feral donkeys

Feral donkeys (Equus asinus) can damage native vegetation, contribute to soil erosion and compete with stock for pasture and water. Control methods include ground shooting and shooting from helicopters, sometimes aided by the use of a Judas animal, and also exclusion fencing. Aerial shooting of feral donkeys from a helicopter is used for large scale […]

DON001: Ground shooting of feral donkeys

Feral donkeys (Equus asinus) can damage native vegetation, contribute to soil erosion and compete with stock for pasture and water. Control methods include ground shooting and shooting from helicopters, sometimes aided by the use of a Judas animal, and also exclusion fencing. Ground shooting is best suited to accessible and relatively flat areas where there […]

Restraint and handling of pest animals used in research

Research involving pest animals may require the live capture, restraint and handling of individual animals. Wild animals may try to avoid capture, handling and restraint during which they are capable of inflicting damage to themselves and their potential captors. When physical contact is necessary, the safety of animals and operators should be the primary consideration. […]

Holding and transportation of pest animals used in research

Research involving pest animals may require the holding and transportation of individual or groups of animals. Wild animals may try to avoid capture, handling and restraint during which they are capable of inflicting damage to themselves and their potential captors. When physical contact is necessary, the safety of animals and operators should be the primary […]

Marking of pest animals used in research

Research involving pest animals may require the reliable identification of individual animals. Where possible, researchers should make use of natural identifying marks. However, the majority of species require the application of some form of identifying mark or tag. A variety of techniques is available and includes temporary, semi-permanent and permanent markers. The type of marker […]

Measurement and sampling of pest animals used in research

Research involving pest animals may require the taking of measurements of and samples from individual animals. Examples include body weight and size measurements, blood, hair and faecal samples. Measurement and sampling techniques must be appropriate for the species and minimise distress and the risk of injury to the animal. Inappropriate techniques may lead to major […]

Live capture of pest animals used in research

Research involving pest animals may require the live capture, restraint and handling of individual animals. Wild animals may try to avoid capture, handling and restraint during which they are capable of inflicting damage to themselves and their potential captors. When physical contact is necessary, the safety of animals and operators should be the primary consideration. […]

Southland conservancy island biosecurity plan

Southland Conservancy of the Department of Conservation (DOC) has been an innovator when it comes to island biosecurity procedures. With responsibility for over 1000 islands which support numerous rare and endemic species, it is not surprising that Southland staff have afforded this aspect of conservation a high priority. Southland Island Biosecurity Plan and a Best […]

Taming HSNO for Pest Managers

The legislation for vertebrate pesticides in New Zealand has recently been overhauled. New controls on these substances now run to hundreds of pages of legalese. To enable Department of Conservation staff to cope with this change we have analysed and interpreted controls into meaningful actions to ensure compliance. Existing Standard Operating Procedures were modified and […]