Our dog was caught in a gin trap on Friday night just over our fence in the Makarau forest at the Martin Access Rd entrance. Please can you warn dog and cat owners that traps have been set and to take extra care.

While the traps themselves are the legal size, the proximity to houses means they have been set illegally. The are also not being checked regularly which is one of the other MPI requirements.

We’re not against possum trapping at all, just asking that people please do it in a responsible and humane way. And if anyone is setting traps please let neighbours know through a sign or via the grapevine. We have also been in touch with the people managing the forest.

If the person who set these traps wants them back, they can contact Damian Woolliscroft at SPCA on [email protected] or phone 022 197 6025.