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It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

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by Bronwen Wall

This article describes an environmental decision that had terrible consequences. In the late 1800s, ferrets, stoats, and weasels were introduced into New Zealand to get rid of rabbits. However, these mustelids caused unforeseen destruction. They didn’t eat only rabbits – they discovered that New Zealand’s native animals and birds were very easy prey.

Series: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

Learning area: English, Mathematics and Statistics, Science

Curriculum level: 3

Category: Non-fiction

Strand: Number and Algebra, Nature of science, Living world

In: Connected 2011 Level 3 - Border Security

Publication date: January 2011

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