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Rotorua Weekender - 2021-10-15

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Major pest due to a warming climate

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Red-eared slider turtles are one of many “sleeper pests” that Toi Moana Bay of Plenty Regional Council fears high summer temperatures may turn into a major threat to native ecosystems. Sleeper pests are already in the environment, but due to the current climate conditions they are unlikely to breed successfully. With climate change bringing warmer average temperatures we may begin to see more pest plants producing viable seed and pest animals successfully raising young. Read more at www.boprc.govt.nz/news

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