Arthur’s Pass Village has an exclusion zone for 1080 drops. It’s an area the curious kea love to roam free.
It was a large aerial drop in mountainous ranges and outside of the village the dead birds were found and tested.
“Seven of the 95 odd radio-tagged kea that we’ve got in Arthur’s Pass have died and they’ve been killed by 1080,” Morton said.
That’s a little more than 7 percent of the birds it monitors, which means it’s likely that many more than that have died.
“No we can’t be sure, we only know about that we’re radio tagging,” Morton said.