Development of a humane toxin for the control of introduced mammalian predators in New Zealand

Para-aminopropiophenone (PAPP) is being investigated as a toxin for mammalian predator control in New Zealand. The toxic effects of PAPP appear to be related to the rapid formation of methaemoglobin in some species, which leads to a rapid and lethal deficit of oxygen in cardiac muscle and the brain. Carnivore species appear to be much more susceptible than birds, so it potentially has a high target specificity, at least in the New Zealand context. To date, pen trials with the micro-encapsulated PAPP pellets inserted into a meat bait have been undertaken on stoats (Mustela erminea) and trials on other predator species are planned. A review of registration requirements by the Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) has also been undertaken.

Author Murphy, E., Lavrent, A., MacMorran, D., Robbins, L. and Ross, P.
Date 2005-05-02
Year 2005
Secondary title 13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference
Place published Wellington, NZ
Publisher Landcare Research
Institution NZ Department of Conservation
Pages 137-142
Control method Poison / Toxin
Region NZ
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