Story: Conservation – a history

Possum lungs

Possum lungs

The possum lung on the right is normal; that on the left is tubercular. Because wild possums carry bovine tuberculosis and infect cattle, there is a major effort to kill possums near farmland.

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Simon Nathan, 'Conservation – a history - Control of introduced animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2021)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Aug 2015