New Zealand provides more than 600,000 euros to combat a muizenplaag on the remote Antipodeneilanden. The animals destroy their environment and should at all cost until the last instance to be eradicated.
Ten members navy, three snuffelhonden, a minister and a handful of soldiers from his left on a very special mission to the Antipodeneilanden, which is about 760 kilometres south-east of New Zealand lie, and in 1998 the Unesco recognized world heritage site. They will have to go check that the devastating muizenplaag, that the islands already for years, endangered, is almost over.
More than a century ago, leaps a few mice, perhaps, of a ship with sealers or they came ashore after a shipwreck. The mice did fine in the new eilandklimaat and planted themselves to the well-known muizentempo on. The invasive exot, of which some 200,000 copies walked around on the islands, founded since then a lot of damage to the islands. So were some rare insect species on the daily menu, as well as living albatroskuikens and the unique vegetation of the area.
To the muizenplaag to stop, decided to New Zealand to one of the largest and most expensive uitroeiingsoperaties ever on its feet. Two helicopters sprinkled mid 2016 65 tonnes of toxic foods from the islands. Then went to a specialized team of 13 people on shore. They spent 75 days in the area to see if the mice the lure or eat and order as much as possible mice and to eradicate.
‘Exciting but nerve-wracking’
To see how many mice in the meantime, cut off, sends New Zealand now an extensive verkenningsteam. “This mission is exciting but also nerve-wracking,” said minister of conservation, Eugenie Sage, who on board was headed to the islands to The Guardian. ‘Success is never guaranteed. This operation was international and very carefully handled, but to 200,000 mice extermination in such a remote part of the world, this should not be underestimated.’
New Zealand biologists emphasize in the New Zealand Herald that the mice until the last instance must be exterminated, because their numbers otherwise quickly will increase. ‘Mice are lord and master in survival. They adapt in no time to their new environment’ is the unison. “Before the last mouse on the Antipodeneilanden dies, there will still be hard need to be worked on.’