People are starting to use the Smart Cages across Franklin but by far the biggest buy-in has been in Whiriwhiri. The concept was to flip the trapping game on its head, do away with walking lines, rotten animals, and ineffective traps. Replace all of that with high interaction multi-species traps, the type that lure themselves and only require visits when they’ve done their job.
It’s early days but the radical change in the results really does seem to prove the theory. For far less effort than what was required to catch just possums, landowners are now catching all the target species. Note this isn’t an organised trapping group – this is farmers, lifestylers, hunters, etc, working in isolation with potentially different motives, on a collaborative project across thousands of hectares.