Sika Study Progress, Nov 2009
Eight Sika stags are now proudly showing off their new bling! Bright orange radio tracking collars have been fitted to these stags as part of a study on stag movements and home range, that is a first for New Zealand.
The stags have been captured by helicopter net gun during the past month and will be monitored monthly for the next 2-3 years, depending on how long the batteries in the collars last. Aside from showing the movements between Poronui and the surrounding Kaimanawa Forest Park the information will be vital for the management of Sika deer in New Zealand.
The timing of the study could not have been better with a New Zealand Game Animal Council being formed in the coming months. The council promises a new and very positive era in deer management and one that will be reliant on better information on the deer populations of New Zealand.