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Rabbits and Possums in New Zealand

Author: Lloyd Esler
ISBN #: 9780473329259
Price: $15.00
Publisher: Craigs Design & Print Ltd.
Publisher Location: Invercargill, NZ
Book Condition: Near Fine
Edition: First edition
Pub Date: 2016
About As New. By a New Zealand author and historian. "Rabbits were introduced to Southland at Sandy Point in the mid 1800s, as well as in Wyndham in 1867 and various other places, he (Esler) said. By 1869 there were reports of plague proportions at New River (Waihopai) district when ‘‘whole crops were destroyed in a single night’’. Mr Esler said he was motivated to write about the animals because ‘‘there was a bit of a gap in New Zealand history regarding rabbits and I wanted to produce a book on what was a huge important economic factor in New Zealand’s development’’. As he notes in the book’s introduction: ‘‘For much of our history, man and rabbit have been both foes and friends; foes in the paddock and friends in the skinning shed. We have forgotten much of the story. This is it.’’ Full of stories, diagrams and images of rabbit-related memorabilia, the book covered ‘‘almost everything about rabbits’’, including acclimatisation societies, rabbit-proof fences intended to stop rabbits migrating, rabbit predators including stoats, ferrets and weasels, and other methods to control the mammal such as rabbiters, poison and disease. Rabbits are not the only animal which feature in the book — hares, possums, quail, and kea bounty are also covered, as is a look back at the Southland fitch industry." Southland Express, Invergargill, New Zealand. Books and other items ship promptly with a tracking number and (generally over $15.00) jacket protectors if applicable. Clean recycled packing material will be used when possible. The Book Shed has a been a member of the Vermont Antiquarian Bookseller's Association since 1997. An online bookseller with a bookshop sensibility!