Stoats, ferrets and weasels in New Zealand are invasive predators, while in Britain they are still predators but also native animals and part of their biodiversity.
During a recent visit to the UK we were fortunate to meet and engage with a number of specialist predator control staff working with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.
This was particularly enlightening because while they work with some predatory mammal species that also occur in New Zealand, most notably stoats, ferrets and weasels, for them these are native animals that are part of their biodiversity, whereas for us they are invasive introduced predators
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