1. Predator control


    from LEARNZ / Added

    Check out some unwanted predators that are threatening New Zealand’s special braided river birds. 1. What species did Brad find was eating the adult black fronted terns and their eggs? 2. What are the three mustelids? 3. Why has the opening into the trap been made to a certain size? Next step learning: Come up with your own solution for getting rid of unwanted predators.

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    • SMC Media briefing - Predator plague, beech mast and 1080


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      The largest 1080 predator control operation ever attempted in New Zealand will be carried out in Kahurangi National Park later this month, as part of a national effort to combat soaring rat and stoat numbers in the conservation estate. This year’s large beech flowering and mast seeding event has created a huge increase in food supplies for rodents, and native birds are expected to be next on the menu as the bumper seed crop runs out. The Science Media Centre held an online media briefing to explore the science behind the beech mast and ongoing predator control operations. SPEAKERS: Dave Kelly – Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury John Innes – Wildlife Ecologist, Landcare Research Graeme Elliott – Scientist, Department of Conservation

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      • Te whakarite i te DOC 200 (Setting up a DOC 200 trap)


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        In 2012 we released a Te reo version of our popular "how to" video. This version uses better caption translation to support making te reo Maori available in our productions.

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        • Colder Weather Part 2 - The Management Advantage #50


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          The brutally cold weather presented many obstacles for Casey during his time spent trapping in Illinois. The biggest concern was how to cover the traps. In part 1, we showed you how to make wax dirt to eliminate the issue of traps getting frozen in the ground. The wax dirt is very powdery and a trapper must take extra effort to pack it on the trap. If a coyote steps on the set and feels movement beneath his foot he could back out and not engage the set. Placement of the trap is key to prevent the coyote from taking multiple steps around the set. Locations are also vital to success. Changes in habitat, field lanes, or fence rows all present great funnel opportunities for trap locations. Often times these areas don't have a definitive spot for a trap, but rather a general area. These spots are great for multiple sets and relying on your lure to do the work for you. Locating these areas on an aerial photo can point you in the right direction as to where to place your sets. Traveling to these areas and seeing them for yourself will confirm what the aerial showed. Putting together all of these pieces to the puzzle can help you become a more successful trapper.

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          • On Location - The Management Advantage #41


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            Predator control is an integral part of managing your deer herd. Most land managers concentrate their trapping efforts through the winter months. The summer months are often looked upon as unproductive for trapping coyotes, but where legal, the summer months offer a great opportunity for successful trapping that is very beneficial to your deer herd. This time of year, does have dropped their fawns and they're spending time in open areas and food plots. Coyotes, being the advantageous predators that they are, know to spend time in these areas to target young fawns. To avoid over exertion in the heat, coyotes will lay in cover near food plots and logging roads in wait for whitetails. These areas are the locations trappers need to concentrate on during the summer months. By spending time walking or driving, you can locate tracks that are sure signs of a nearby coyote. Most of the trapping techniques used during the winter months apply during the summer, but by changing locations and baits you can increase your odds of a successful trapping set. Instead of a meat based bait that is preserved, use a bait/lure that is fresh. Casey typically uses Proline Road Runner because it will last longer when applied to the dirt holes of his sets. Rather than having to freshen a trapping set up every 2-3 days, he can leave it be for a few days longer. The summer months only offer an opportunity for coyote trapping which helps with fawn recruitment, but doesn't solve the problem of non-target animals stealing and contaminating supplemental feed for your deer. The way to solve this issue is to utilize a feeder that is hog and coon proof. The feeders designed and sold by Steel Outdoors are constructed in this way. The legs are in the middle of the feeder to eliminate coons from being able to climb and have access to the feed spout. For larger more nimble racoons, a baffle or hinge is on the exterior of the spout to keep them from reaching around or jumping up. The height of the feeder also discourages hogs from eating and contaminating the feed as they do in trough style feeders. This design gives deer access to 100% of the supplemental feed of your choosing by eliminating competition from non-target animals and contamination.

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            • Livestock Guardian Dogs - Working on Common Ground


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              Ranchers who struggle to coexist with large predators are finding new hope in old dog breeds. While these Old World livestock guardian dog breeds have successfully defended livestock from predators for thousands of years in Europe and Asia, they remain relatively unknown in the American West. Explore how they work for one family, and what it means for the maintenance of large predators, like the wolf, on the landscape.

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              • Taking Care of Business - The Management Advantage #18


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                Coyotes are detrimental to wildlife populations. They originated in the west, but have since moved into eastern and southeastern portions of the United States. They will not only decimate deer and turkey populations, but can also hurt livestock and farm animals. Trapping them is an effective way for controlling their populations. This week we talk with Robert Waddell who is one of the foremost coyote trappers in the world. He gives strategies and instructions for trapping coyotes. They are smart animals, but with some knowledge, a wildlife manager can be successful trapping them to control their populations. Keys to successfully trapping coyotes include trap placement in regards to the bait hole, properly hiding the trap, and finding areas that funnel coyote activity. A trapper is trying to mimic the natural activity of a coyote which is finding something worth hiding and burying it in a hole. It could be something as simple as a bone or as large as a part of an animal carcass. Coyotes will dig holes to bury these items, then mark their territory with scent to show it is their own. When other coyotes find these locations, their natural instinct is to steal the item and bury it as their own. Simply put, coyotes are thieves. With these key concepts in mind, Casey hits the woods to take care of the coyote problem that plagued him during deer season. The traps used feature an offset jaw that simply holds the coyote to the trap. It doesn't inflict pain or suffering and allows land managers a way to control coyote populations. Trappers are a dying breed. It's not as simple as going out and setting a trap. There is a ton of knowledge, skill, and know how that go into successful trapping.

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                • Video Blog - Trustee Lawrie Phipps on shooting film


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                  League Trustee Lawrie Phipps talks about why the shooting issue is so important to him and the importance of this film.

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                  • The Big Bad Wolf Trailer #2


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                    A trailer for a documentary I'm attempting to produce. I understand these shots have poor lighting, I'm working on it. In the next shots, please any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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                    • Wildlife Killed by Animal Damage Control


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                      Former Forest Service range conservationist, botanist, and program manager Renee Galeano-Popp speaks about the harm to coyotes, foxes, and mountain lions resulting from predator control carried out on behalf of ranchers by the U.S. government. This video is an excerpt from a longer interview with Galeano-Popp, the transcript of which is contained in WESTERN TURF WARS: THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC LANDS RANCHING (http://westernturfwars.com).

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