Deb and I found an old abandoned stoat trap in Akeake Reserve out toward the lookout. It had this critter in it. Hard to tell exactly what type of mustelid it is - stoat or maybe a smaller weasel. A good set of choppers though.

If a stoat, as DoC says "They kill more than 50% of all kiwi chicks in areas where they aren't controlled"

 We have 13 stoat traps around Opito, but none in the Reserve. Not far away for our Community Pest Control Agreement with the regional council  to be finalised so we can get a shipment of gear. Also require permission from DoC to trap in the reserve. Be great to find out if this one has any mates still roaming the reserve.

 

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