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From: Bridget Percy
Dear Department of Conservation,
Further to my previous OIA please answer the following questions regarding current kaka numbers at Pukaha.
The Pukaha website states that "In 1996 nine juvenile kākā were released into our forest – returning them to the area after a 50 year absence. We now have that population up to over 140 with the view to achieve a self-sustaining population of 600 birds in the wild".
Contrary to this claim I understand that there have been very few kaka coming to the 3pm kaka feed over the past few months and that one day last week only one kaka came to the 3pm feed.
1. How many monitored & unmonitored kaka do DOC estimate are currently living in the Pukaha Forest?
2. If there has been a decline from the 140 kaka indicated on the website what do you put this down to?
3. When do you expect the self-sustaining population of 600 birds in the wild to be achieved?
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