Predator Control Partnership installs new ‘Smart Trap’

08 May 2024
Development West Coast
A partnership involving the Paparoa Wildlife Trust, Motukiekie Wilderness Trust and the Rainy Creek Ecological Trust continues to protect native wildlife in the Grey District.

For the past 15 months the three trusts have undertaken the piloting of a new collaborative approach towards predator control. The partnership supports additional employment with all three project areas benefitting from being serviced regularly by qualified rangers.

Each project area has its own set of unique characteristics and challenges which provides staff with lots of job variance and a chance to learn and share operational knowledge with each other.

On a recent trip to Rainy Creek near Reefton, John Caygill led rangers George Nicolas and Leonie Campbell along an existing trapline to upgrade a series of traps. The Good Nature A24 trap has been refined over the past ten years, contributing to new innovative approaches in how predators are controlled NZ.

The A24 self re-setting  “Smart Trap” is paired via Bluetooth to the Good Nature smartphone App on a ranger’s phone. The app provides a notification each time the trap is triggered and records the date, time and air temperature at the time of the kill. The data enables rangers to develop a better understanding of predator behavioural patterns.  

One of the significant benefits in utilising new technologies in predator control is the reduced labour cost of maintaining operational areas. The A24 trap is generally checked between three and six monthly intervals to ensure it is doing its job.

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