WILD CREATURES BIG AND SMALL
Deer of many kinds were introduced to New Zealand in the mid 1800s: from red deer and wapiti (elk) to sambar, sika, rusa and white-tails.
Deer suffer cruel deaths by 1080.
In the book “Random Shots,” author Peter Harker writes:
“To see a large animal dying from 1080 poison is a horrific sight. I have heard fully grown stags and hinds screaming and groaning in agony before I’ve found them – and it’s the saddest thing I’ve witnessed. And to see a young poisoned fawn groaning in pain and trying to follow its Mum made me ashamed — death takes days not hours.”
“One of the most pitiful sights I have ever seen was — a stag that had obviously been poisoned by a recent 1080 operation behind Westport. The stag had pulled itself along — in an endeavour to reach the forest lands — my mate Peter Hancock shot it. The stag must have been ill for days as the drag marks covered several hundred metres. Only a day later I learned that a deer hunter had come across another deer screaming in agony on the next terrace.”
The following images are graphic and show what is happening to deer in forests all over New Zealand.
Numbers of deer killed varies annually; one study (by Eason et al.) estimated 20,000 deer killed by 1080 in a single year. Meat is toxic and unusable even as pet food. Deer die inhumane death.
Deer and other animals often die in watersheds and rivers. Rural water supplies can become contaminated with 1080 killed carcasses and E. coli bacteria.
Above: Lungs and Hart from a shot deer.
Above: Lungs and hart from a 1080 dead deer.