Stoats are now by far the most common of the mustelids and are widespread in forest and on farmland.
Stoats are extremely agile climbers and have a devastating effect on native birds by preying on adult and young birds and raiding nests for eggs. They are expert tree climbers and tidy killers. When they kill a kiwi, or its eggs and chicks, they do not leave a mess. Stoats consume about 100 grams of food a day. If birds make up half of one stoat’s daily intake, that equates to 6 birds a day, or broken down: 2 fantails, 1 tomtit, 2 greywarblers and a silvereye.
To date, the Puketi Forest Trust has removed 264 stoats from the Puketi Forest.
Did you know? Every year stoats kill 60 percent of the 15,000 North Island brown kiwi chicks born.