1080 protesters accused of releasing deer into Taranaki forests and risking spread of TB
The same way threatening to put it into infant milk formula does... it doesn't!
Ok, not the same thing, but my daughter was on formula at the time that sob threatened to poison milk powder with 1080 and I'm still furious about it!
Releasing deer is eco-terrorism, little different from poisoning milk formula, drilling holes in helicopter fuel tanks, shooting at helicopters, undoing wheel nuts, and everything else these freaks think help their cause.
In fairness the milk formula thing wasn't from traditional anti-1080 campaigners. It was a crazy man with a patent on an alternative toxin, and who was probably more interested in deflecting blame on the anti-1080 crowd than directly being one of them. It was a total lack of logic, but not the traditional logic of many in the anti-1080 groups.
It was reasonable to consider some of the regular anti-1080 lot suspects. Some of them don't exactly help themselves.
My guess is that stopping 1080 wasn't the reason. More likely the excuse. ie. Doing this is acceptable because I hate DOC because ... 1080. Or If I associate this with anti-1080 I'll get supporters because some people in those groups hate whatever DOC wants, and are sympathetic to building herds to hunt. Something like that.
This is part of the issue with that group, though. It's so full of highly irrational and occasionally violently threatening people of all random forms that it's such an easy target. (Ref: The "1080 eyewitness." facebook group, which is a central hub for all sorts of insane and angry emotionally-driven weirdness.)
DOC probably has good information leading towards suspecting someone with those sentiments, but generally speaking if a group of hunters wanted to give themselves a local population of Sika, it might have seemed a good opportunity to them to deflect attention by smashing up a DOC vehicle, sending a threat note citing 1080 complaints, then release the population. I'm not sure why you'd necessarily do all that if you could just release them under the radar, though.
This post has been edited by the author on 27 October 2017 at 14:43.
That is probably a more likely explanation. Even the most ardent anti 1080 activist does understand the importance of reducing the various pests to manageable levels. Releasing more pests is not an action they would be likely to turn to
Just a bunch of hunters releasing sika, yet again
not the first time. theres sika liberations in lot of nz. one is in the mangahao catchment in the tararuas, been there since the 1980s. and akatarawa, whitemans valley.
silly thing is, Sika displace red deer, eliminating hunting for the Reds. dumb
and they know it was cost a lot of taxpayer $$ to try and get rid of them
could be anti 1080 hunters that did it, but liberating hasn't begun because of 1080, generally