The Karori Sanctuary now has details on its website about the capture of the stoat or weasel that was spotted last week —#128: Sanctuary showdown: intruder apprehended:
The animal was spotted by a staff member on a routine search earlier today and cornered in a patch of native grasses right next to the main track.
This was an unbelievable opportunitysaid Sanctuary Conservation Scientist Raewyn Empson.
We had to seize the moment and make sure the animal didn’t escape. Before we knew it, about 12 members of the public were helping us and we had created a cordon with a length of weed matting and half a dozen nets. Other members of staff bought up trapping boxes and then we played the waiting game. Finally, the animal was scared out of its hiding place and chased straight into a box. We still don’t know whether it’s a large weasel or a small stoat. Our main concern was to get it out of the Sanctuary.
Visit the news item to see a photo of the intruder.