Animal pests threaten our region's native ecosystems, such as forests and wetlands, including the plants, birds, insects and other wildlife that live in them. Many animal pests are also a nuisance to farmers, in suburban gardens and businesses. Pest fish also affect our waterways, such as lakes and rivers. It's important that we control animal pests and stop them from spreading. This section has lots of information about animal pests, or classes of pests, managed in the Waikato region.
Waikato Regional Council carries out specific direct control work (using accredited contractors) to:
In most cases, responsibility for animal pest control lies with the land owner/occupier.
Many of the above animal pests are included in the Regional Pest Management Plan, which also contains policy and control information.
Waikato Regional Council staff, and a contractor based in the Coromandel/Hauraki area, can provide practical advice on how to control pests. Get the contact details for our Biosecurity Animal Pest Staff and Contractors here.
Planning a pest control operation? Want to know how to go about it? A new tool developed by Landcare Research may be the best place to start. The Vertebrate Pest Control Decision Support System (DSS) provides the most appropriate control options in a particular locality.
Waikato Regional Council undertakes possum control in order to:
The Waikato Regional Council manages possums in a number of ways, including setting Priority Possum Control Areas (PPCAs).
Find out about our current Priority Possum Control Area operations (PPCA) here.
In 2016, Waikato Regional Council adopted two statements of intent around our use of:
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