Possum control

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Trichosurus Vulpecula (Australian brushtail possum) was introduced to New Zealand in 1837. They have become one of the country’s leading pests for damaging our native forests. The resources below have been selected to support you when you need information relating to possum control. SCIS 1698540

Biotechnology Learning Hub

This New Zealand site discusses the biological control of possums.

Suggested level: secondary

Department of Conservation

Presents and discusses the threats and impacts of possums in New Zealand.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Digital NZ

This site provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions.
To discover a set and items, use the search term '1080', and 'possum.'

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Landcare Research

Landcare Research has fact sheets (PDF files) on possums, their effects on our environment and their control.

Suggested level: secondary

National Pest Control Agencies

Click through to NPCA publications A, B and C series (pdf files) for information on different methods of control. This includes traps and poison.

Suggested level: secondary

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment

Presents the report, Evaluating the use of 1080: Predators, poisons and the silent forests, June 2012.

Suggested level: secondary

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara, the New Zealand online encyclopedia has a section on possums in New Zealand including control methods.

Suggested level: Primary, intermediate, secondary


Australia/NewZealand Reference Centre provides information and articles on possum control. School login (username and password) is required.

Suggested level: secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

Night hunting, by Deborah Burnside, 2008 (fiction)
Perky and the possum trap, by Michelle Osment, 2005. (picture book)
Possums2u, by Vince Ford, 2002 (YA fiction)

Man vs Wild: Bear Grylls Hunts a Possum in New Zealand. Youtube. 2:42.

How to install a sentinal possum trap for conservation. DOCskillable. 5:15.