IT’s Role in Possum Control

This fascinating article appeared in last weeks Business Herald.

Officials intent on getting the country’s rampant possum population under control have a new weapon of mass marsupial destruction. It’s not a new kind of trap or poison – it’s information.

Called VectorNet, it’s an integrated database and GIS system, that monitors every part of the Possum control process. It is hoped that it will help reduce the $60 million that Department of Conservation spends on Possum control each year.

The inital goal of the system is to see bovine TB eradicated within a decade, but it should also see a significant decline in the overall Possum population.

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