Clyde Rabbit Control Operation
13 August Update: Following a delay due to weather conditions, this operation began yesterday, 12 August.
5 August Update: Operation delayed due to weather. See this news item: https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/central-otago/poisoned-carrots-poor-prospect-rabbits-nibble-greens
From next Monday 3 August (weather dependent) carrot bait and toxin will be laid over a period of four weeks to control rabbits in Clyde for a control operation facilitated by Otago Regional Council for the following landowners/organisations:
• Central Otago District Council
• Department of Conservation
• Dunstan Golf Club
• Southern District Health Board
• Private landowners
The operation will conclude approximately eight weeks from the start date. The operation will take place across multiple properties bordering the Clutha River in Clyde - see the map below marking the area, which includes Clyde's dog exercise area.
Carrots will be used as bait that have been laced with the poison pindone. The carrots will be dyed green so members of the public can easily see and avoid them. The bait will be hand laid by a contractor. No bait will be laid within 20m of a building or dwelling. Tracks and reserves near the operation area will be clearly signposted.
This pesticide is poisonous to humans and domestic animals. Always remember:
• DO NOT handle the bait
• WATCH CHILDREN at all times
• DO NOT EAT animals from the area or within 2km of it
• DO NOT allow DOGS access to animal carcasses
Feral rabbits are a well-known pest in Otago and all landowners must control rabbits to at or below level three on the Modified McLean Scale (MMS 3) in accordance with ORC’s Regional Pest Management Plan. For more information on the rules and rabbit control go to www.orc.govt.nz/rabbits