You have to ask who are DoC trying to kid. Where in God’s name would anyone find 50 Sika?
Much less liberate them, Sika have been steadily moving west for years, Sambar too! More like Sanson trying to move heat off DoC in Whitianga where one of DoCs minions is facing charges ofassault, also DoC having their 1080 stored right in the township!.
The bias against introduced wildlife species such as deer, trout, even possums and other creatures liberated by the first European settlers needs burying. There have been pleas in past years to ditch the doctrine.
There are strong anti-feelings against deer and even sports fish such as trout "in some quarters such as the Forest and Bird Society and within the Department of Conservation''. Dr Smith who once said something positive wisely pointed out the selective hypocrisy in the anti-introduced dogma, saying it was undeniable New Zealand had benefited from introduced species from farmed animals such as sheep, dairy cows, cattle and deer as well as fruit trees and vegetables. Doc, after peddling the fictitious 70 million possum figure for decades, has recently reluctantly revised that to about 35 million - probably still far-fetched. But accept the 35 million figure and possums would consume only 3.5% of new foliage. Is that a forest pest?
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