The PCR 200 zinc coated with a stainless trigger plate is located in a plastic box (for infomation on the box see the Trappers Box sold separately on this site). This trap is one of the most popular ways of controlling stoats and rats in native forests and conservation areas. The plastic box minimises the capture of non-target animals such as native birds.
The PCR 200 trap is a good quality copy of the DOC 200 trap that was designed by the Department of Conservation for killing stoats and rats. The Department of Conservation developed the DOC 200 trap "for the benefit of all New Zealanders with the ultimate aim of protecting and retaining the last remnants of New Zealand's unique living taonga". They developed the trap because the industry needed a trap that humanely kills stoats. Previously the Department of Conservation used the Fenn Mk4 and Mk6 traps which were found to be to be inhumane (click on the following link for more information) http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/vertebrate-pests/traps/target-species.
The PCR 200 has been tested by Landcare Research NZ Ltd which found that "It can therefore be concluded that the PCR 200 traps should kill appropriate target species as effectively as the DOC 200 traps (given both traps have identical dimensions). and that "These results therefore indicate that the PCR 200 trap should be expected to have an equivalent performance to the DOC 200 traps both in terms of killing and capture performance". Download PDF
- This trap is a good quality copy of the DOC 200 trap that is used extensively throughout New Zealand for the control of rats stoats and hedgehogs.
- It is made of zinc coated steel with a stainless steel trigger plate.
- It is located in a plastic box to reduce the likelihood of capturing native birds.
- The DOC 200 has been demonstrated to kill humanely when tested under international standards. Click on the following link for the results. http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/vertebrate-pests/traps/traps-tested
- The PCR 200 has been tested by Landcare Research NZ Ltd and concluded that "These results therefore indicate that the PCR 200 trap should be expected to have an equivalent performance to the DOC 200 traps both in terms of killing and capture performance".Download PDF
- For setting instructions see the following Department of Conservation video link that demonstrates the setting of the DOC 200 trap. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kABskKb1NzE
For information regarding the use of kill traps click on the following link http://www.npca.org.nz/images/stories/NPCA/PDF/a4.2_kill%20traps_2015-nov_lr_opt.pdf