Hundreds of dead rats have washed up on a beach in New Zealand following heavy rain.
The rats were seen on the Wesport shore following 24 hours of downpours.
It is thought they may have been poisoned in a 1080 operation – the name given to the substance used in New Zealand to control populations of possums, rats, deer and
DOC Western South Island operations director Mark Davies confirmed toStuffthere had been an aerial 1080 drop at Te Maruia in the Lewis Pass National Reserve recently.
Te Maruia and Inangahua river catchment feeds into the Buller River and had a plague of rats treated with toxin a week ago, Davies said.