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A campaign to eradicate Indian Mynahs in Cook Islands

A campaign to eradicate Indian Mynahs in Cook Islands

Updated 3 September 2013, 16:51 AEST

An early start to the breeding season is hampering the campaign to eradicate the Indian Mynah bird from the island of Atiu in the Cook Islands.

The program began in 2009, with a push to reduce the numbers of the introduced species, then estimated at around six thousand, to help ensure the survival of the newly reintroduced local lorikeet.

But the early success of that control program, saw it expand into an eradication campaign, using poison, traps and professional shooters.

Numbers have been steadily dropping, but this year breeding appears to have begun early, and local campaigners have had to bring forward their planned control activities.

But the Director of the Cook Islands' Natural Trust Gerald McCormack told a Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney, he is happy with the current numbers.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Director of the Cook Islands Natural Trust Gerald McCormack

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Campbell Cooney

Campbell Cooney

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Campbell joined the ABC in 1997 and has been reporting as Radio Australia’s Pacific Correspondent since 2006.

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