92% of Wellingtonians support a predator free Wellington
Wellington residents are right behind making Wellington the world’s first predator free capital city, and more people are rolling up their sleeves to get involved.
A massive 92% of Wellingtonians have said they support the project, this is significantly more than 84% when we last surveyed in 2017. Over one thousand people completed the Wellington City Council survey which was carried out to help us better understand who is involved in predator free work and what resident’s concerns were about the project.
The survey has shown Wellingtonians are increasingly involved in hands on restoration work and 70% of survey respondents are currently actively involved in controlling predators in their backyards or in reserves, or have done some predator control in the past.
All this support is making a difference! An astounding 54,000 predators have been caught in in the city’s parks and reserves.
Reasons for people wanting to be involved in predator free work varied, however most people wanted to protect native species and also many people just don’t like having predators on their land due to the damage they cause to property and the diseases they can carry.
There were a small number of survey respondents who were unsure whether they supported predator eradication in Wellington. Some people had concerns around safety for their families, pets and the environment and would need more information about our project and the methods we’re using before deciding.
We hear you and want to help answer your questions and address your concerns – we’ve addressed many of these concerns on our Miramar page, have a read and please email or message us on facebook if you have any questions.
Posted: 24 May 2019