Welcome to the 2nd episode of our Living Wild series, where we take a different tack and delve into what is quite a mysterious existence in New Zealand, the life of a bush trapper. Guys like Sam are the front line in NZ's fight against introduced invasive predators that decimate native bird populations.
New Zealand was once a land of birds with no native land mammals (bar a tiny little bat which just won bird of the year! ? ). So when the first colonisers arrived and brought with them some nasty mammalian predators, it wasn't long until this utopia was overrun and the birds were the most to suffer.