Predator free by whenever???
Serious reductions in populations maybe.
Back in the day there was a call to arms to "GET THE LAST RABBIT". Every district in the lower rainfall areas had a "Rabbit Board" that met once a month usually in a local hotel where a bunch of farmers many of whom had a passion equal to an Israeli General to succeed as like the general, losing the war was the end finito as rabbits can breed exponentially and when food sources diminish there seems to be a serious lag in fertility drop.
There is very little conservation in the DNA of rabbits, they can eat just about any living vegetation including the bark of Matagouri, Pine trees and Briar all woody plants.
My earliest images of the rolling country across almost all of the McKenzie basin includes swathes of tussock now, unless under irrigation it is a moonscape of dust, briar and hyracium.
A few years later on a trip through, near Tekapo I thought the rolling hills had been cultivated, on stopping the car and getting out to inspect, the whole hill erupted in white tails as thousands of rabbits moved.
They never got close to that last rabbit and it took Calici Virus to make the latest attack on the numbers and that was done in an illegal act of importation of the banned substance as the cuddlies were never going to allow its introduction. Increasing pockets of immunity are now providing another round of concern.
Yes DOC in their OTT dreamworld might have some success in reducing numbers but eradication will never happen unless a catastrophic infection vector can be introduced and good luck with that.
As numbers decline the survival instinct and Darwin will combine to enable the very low numbers to withdraw and return when the next revision of the policy removes its foot from the throat.
twenty eight million will soon be eaten up with the committees and study groups who meet to talk about it and make it $280 000 000 and it will take a little longer. then try $3 000 000 000 and I am certain eradication wont happen, maybe a nuclear strike will work but I would still bet on a stoat and his missus surviving even that.
Yes DOC have managed eradication on small islands and some mainland locations behind a "Predator Free" fence but any of those will break down eventually as one pregnant female of any of the target species is all it will take. Those successes have come at eyewatering costs and using lots of very cheap inputs.
Look at the regular outbursts as 1080 is employed as a tool, then there will be the many arguments over bykill and other collateral problems.
April 25 in history
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