Residents’ rat catch rewards
Posted at 11:19am Tuesday 04 Jun, 2019
For the second year running the Stillwater Community Association won the Friends of Okura bush rat and vermin catching competition, contested annually between Okura and Stillwater.
Around 20-30 households in Stillwater took part, checking their traps each day and counting the catch. The traps were provided by Auckland Council.
The Turner family won the prizes for the highest number of rats (3) and mice (2), and also had the rat with the longest tail. All entrants received prizes and enjoyed morning tea and cookies while discussing their catching techniques.
The catches were judged at Stillwater Community Hall on May 19 and the association thanks all Stillwater and Okura residents who took part in this effort to rid the area of pests.
Organisers say that the catch was light this year – perhaps because it's a mast year, which provides rodents with a lot of natural food and means they are less likely to check out the traps.