Doc are planning to drop 1080 (Flouroacetate) in Egmont National Park at the beginning of August 2016. Doc have been in consultation with farm and animal owners adjacent to the National Park and advised them on steps necessary to protect their animals.
Obviously dogs are the most vulnerable non-target species from 1080 and eating baits directly or eating poisoned carcases of possums/ferrets/rabbits/hares that have been washed down waterways from the National Park do pose a risk for dogs scavenging until these carcases decompose. Bait pellets are identified with a green dye and a cinnamon scent. Signs warning the public to keep dogs on a leash or muzzled in high risk areas are there to prevent accidental poisoning.
Signs of 1080 poisoning in dogs are excitation, howling, running, biting, shaking, diarrhoea, vomiting, convulsions and ultimately death. Cats are less likely to be poisoned and do not generally show the excitation signs but will still develop diarrhoea, vomiting, convulsions and death.
Any suspected access to poison (e.g. eaten a possum carcass washed down the river from an area where 1080 has been used) requires that the pet be made to vomit immediately. This is best achieved by placing 1 to 2 washing soda crystals (available from the supermarket) down the throat. If this is not available then ½ tsp of salt on the back of the tongue may do it. Ring your vet and have your pet seen straight away. As there is no specific antidote to 1080, animals may survive if symptoms are controlled and supportive veterinary treatment is administered early.
If YOU SUSPECT 1080 POISONING CALL THE VET AS IT IS AN EMERGENCY AND THE FATALITY RATE IS HIGH EVEN WITH TREATMENT.
Agree or disagree with the method, Doc believe 1080 is the most effective method to control unwanted introduced predators of native species particularly the Whio (Blue Duck) and Kiwi.
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