Mt Pirongia Mustelid Trapping
Protecting our nesting birds
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Managing all introduced mammalian predators at the same time maximises the number of species that benefit from pest control. We choose to trap mustelids (stoats, weasels and ferrets) on Mt Pirongia as we believe it is a key part of restoring the maunga’s ecosystem. Stoats continue to prey on birds when rats are removed from an area and are known to kill nesting kōkako females.
We protect Mt Pirongia’s nesting birds by placing mustelid traps on main ridgelines using walking tracks.