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Jim Tait is passionate about the pred- so traps will need to be checked regularly ator-free movement, so much so that he over the winter. Composed Tony 11th. Nov. runs three different control groups in the Jim by says hisWatling volunteers are 2015 a diverse northern suburbs. group. RAMBO stands for Rats and Mustelid “There is Neville who is well into his 80s Blitzing Otari and that group does the and who in addition to a trap in his yard trapping in Otari-Wilton’s Bush. There walks down to the Wilton Bowling Club are also two other groups of volunteers every day to check their traps. working with the Otari Predator Free and “There is Colin a big section Our summer pools were who built has by us. Rodent Free Wadestown groups. with compost heaps, bush and Blends in well did cause no fuss. a stream (he Recently, Jim sourced a 5kg bucket has the trifecta risk afactors) With hydro slide will of cause splash.and who has of peanut butter from Fix & Fogg, who a number of traps which And to it many people dash. he moves around donated product that was, he says, “out his section to literally hunt the rats. Through native bush we twist and wiggle. of spec”. “He has caught about 30 in the last year.” From the children brings giggle. That meant it was not fit for human “We have all sortsawith traps, from unidays astaff, weeklawyers, the place is open. public consumption, so Jim will be gatheringSevern his versity accountants, Hot summer days all are hopen! to many predator free teams at the Otari Wilton’s servants, realweestate salespeople Bush Information Centre on Saturday in the trades, to retired, to students.” April 21 from 1.30pm to 3.30pm (or, he “Since we began here in Otari we have says, until the peanut butter is all gone). caught overPublic 1200 rats since June 2016 Notice He’s advising his volunteers that, to and over 700 rats in Wadestown since make the preciousOF substance THE Dgo AYas far November 2016. as possible, they can only get one scoop Wainuiomata Over the two groups he has about Squash Club550 each. households with traps on his lists, but, AGM “But that should be plenty as you should he says, there are also people who have 51. J.K. only be putting a few grams on your rat or bought traps but do not report the results Rowling mouse trap at a time,” he says. to him. 7.00pm chose the that they are just over half way Jim says “When I began a couple of years ago Monday 30th November through the month and the three groups people were reluctant to admit unusual At the Clubroomsthey had rats have caught 36 rats and 40 mice so far. on their property. ‘We are clean people,’ name “Apparently some of those rats have was said to me more than once.” ‘Hermione’ Corner of Main Road has rats been huge,” he said, adding that the next Now people know that everyone so young and Moohan Streets, Wainuiomata few months are the prime time to get rats, they are everywhere they also talk about girls wouldn’t be teased Bringing local news for being nerdy! to the community

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