Launching the Trap Library with the Great Raglan Rat Hunt

The Karioi Backyard Hub Trap Library will soon be loaning traps for up to 3 months at little to no cost. The Karioi Backyard Hub is a trapping initiative set up by the Karioi project as an opportunity for all residents to contribute to the volunteer work that has been happening since 2009 on Karioi Maunga. There are already 240 backyard traps that complement the 800 traps on the maunga and in coastal areas to protect Whaingaroa’s biodiversity including the Grey Faced Petrel (Oi) chicks.

The Karioi project will be one of three trap libraries in the Waikato funded by the NZ Predator Free 2050 initiative. Raglan residents will have access to DOC200 stoat traps, modified Victor rat traps, A24 Good Nature self-setting stoat/rat traps and A12 Good Nature self-setting possum traps.

Come join us as we launch the Karioi Trap Library ! We welcome all of you keen backyard trappers to the inaugural Great Raglan Rat Hunt over the weekend of 8 - 10 December 2017.  Registration will take place in front of the Raglan Library on Friday 8 December between 5 and 6.30pm - come down to register, be trained in how to safely use the traps and take your traps home. Meet up again on Sunday 10 December at 2pm for the weigh in, measure, prize giving and community BBQ (proper food, not rats or possums!

If you don't have the inclination to hike up Karioi, then this is a great way to still be involved. Over 5000 rats, stoats, and possums have been trapped. Every rat makes a difference!

Thanks to the excellent people at the Department of Conservation who have funded the trap library for the benefit of our community.

Rebecca Towle