an open letter

drastic steps

attacking nature

very risky

Almost a year ago Jill and I wandered through the beautiful Wellington Botanic Gardens in New Zealand appreciating unusual plants and incredible views when  suddenly this sign confronted us. We were aware that whoever introduced Australian Brushtail Possums to New Zealand did not do their homework about the predator food chain  and as for rats !! However poison baits in suburbia has dangerous potential. In our journey across the North Island we looked for but rarely saw dogs, certainly not  running free but not on leads or in front yards . I hope  this sign does not explain darker repercussions.

This is my contribution to the one a week Photo Challenge and this week for number  46 the challenge is LETTER. As the title suggests, I see this sign as an open letter of warning rather than a simple message . For this years 52 weekly challenges planned by Cathy and Sandra visit Cathy’s blog at

21 thoughts on “an open letter

  1. Interesting take on this…with climate change o’possums are moving from the US south into our region too. They don’t always survive our winters but they seem to be adjusting and that’s not good news for horses here as they carry a nasty neurological disease. It seems we are to blame for a lot of this mess though:-(


  2. It reads like a warning to me too Denis and I would not want to walk a dog in this area. My personal feeling is that this kind of approach can do more harm than good – what if birds or squirrels or other animals that are within a predator’s food chain eat these pellets? What if the toxins seep into the soil and affect what grows there? Your haiku sums it up very well!


    1. Thanks Xenia. When I was 8 years old our beautiful Golden Cocker Spaniel died from a poison bait. It makes me angry to think government authorities still allow this. The risks to innocent animals across the food chain is far too great.

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      1. Oh no, I am so sorry to hear this Denis, the risks are far too great! It is so naive of those responsible to think that randomly scattered poison will somehow only affect the possums and rats in the area.


      1. the battle was long, is long and survival is at stake…yet we all like you need to speak up and step up … so much common sense seems to be buried by ‘convenience’


  3. There are always consequences of baiting, and not good ones. I just don’t understand why in this day and age people insist on using baiting. Surely researchers can come up with a better way to control invasive and introduced species without harming the environment and animals.


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