of a dead wallaby on the side of the Hokonui School Road has left Environment
Southland biosecurity officers with a mystery to unravel.
biosecurity officer Dave Burgess said the wallaby was reported by a member of
the public last Friday and staff believe it has most likely fallen from a
vehicle after being hunted further north.
would really appreciate it if anybody missing a dead wallaby could let us know
so we can be sure that is where it has come from.
“We are not
worried if this wallaby was already dead when it got here, but we just want to
be sure that these pests aren’t bouncing into our region.”
a pest animal under Southland’s current Regional Pest Management Strategy and
haven’t been identified in Southland, but are causing significant problems in
Mr Burgess said
wallabies cause damage to native forests and compete with cattle and sheep for
pasture. They are capable of reaching very high population numbers.
knows where the dead wallaby may have come from can contact Environment
Southland on 0800 76 88 45.