A rat plague is expected to explode through Southern Lakes and potentially wipe out vulnerable birdlife.
Department of Conservation operations manager Geoff Owen said the critically endangered bush canary yellowhead/mohua population at the head of Lake Wakatipu could face local extinction due to an expected plague of predators due to heavy seed fall, known as mega mast. Mohua numbers had dwindled to just 5000 nationwide, he said.
In response, DOC is planning a winter aerial 1080 operation to control rat numbers in the Dart, Caples and Routeburn valleys. A second operation in the summer might also be required.
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Opponents of increased flights at Queenstown Airport have had a surprise victory with the Queenstown Lakes District Council voting to restrict further growth.
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