Operational Plan for Eradication of Ship Rats (Rattus rattus), Kiore (Rattus exulans), House Mouse (Mus musculus) and Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus cuniculus) from Ohinau and Motutapere Islands

This is the final report for an island eradication project by the New Zealand Department of Conservation.

This operation involved two phases:

  • Two aerial applications of poison bait to target rabbits, mice and kiore on Ohinau and Ship rats on Motutapere Islands during the period 1 July to 30 August 2005.
  • Follow-up shooting of rabbits on Ohinau Island if required.

The operational objective was to eradicate all four pest animal species from both islands, as an important part of their ecological restoration.

Author Rob Chappell
Year 2008
Publisher New Zealand Department of Conservation
Pages 13 pp
ISBN/ISSN DOCDM-314307
Control method Baiting
Region NZ
Documents Operational Plan for Eradication of Ship Rats (Rattus rattus), Kiore (Rattus exulans), House Mouse (Mus musculus) and Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus cuniculus) from Ohinau and Motutapere Islands [155 kb PDF]