Possum eating kiekie vine
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DOC uses biodegradable 1080 to protect native species from introduced pests like possums, rats and stoats.


1080 is particularly suited for use in New Zealand as there are no native ground-dwelling mammals that are affected by its use.

Aerial application of 1080 is the most cost effective tool for controlling pests over large and inaccessible areas. 

Biodegradable 1080 naturally breaks down in the environment and does not leave residues in water, soil, plants or animals or build up in the food chain. Its use is strictly regulated and monitored to protect people and the environment from harm.

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