FUR TRADE HISTORY IN NEW ZELAND

by Albert Roura / Martes, 6 mayo 2014 / Published in HISTORICAL

FUR TRADE HISTORY IN NEW ZELAND

The history of fur trade of new Zealand. In the late 1800 and early 1900 the new Zealand government had a brilliant idea the set free a few fur bearing animals because, the landscape of new Zealand at that time was mainly birds. They decided that the animals that they would release would be rabbits, ferrets and stoats to control the rabbits population and the common brushed tail possum. But soon the population sky rocketed out of control due to having no predators to control them. At that time in 1969 the trapping season was from the  14 of May till the 29 of August. But the government decided to scrap the trapping season and allow trappers to target them all year round. Soon the woods were full of possum trappers. the trapping methods that were were used back then are still used to day all it involves is placing a trap at the base of a tree and using a fencing staple to tack it to the tree and just using flour or a scents on the tree over the trap to attract anything. But trapping in new Zealand is slowly becoming a old tradition because the government is trying to wipe them all out by using 1080(Sodium fluoroacetate)which is a highly controversial poison.

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