Signs warning dog owners to keep their pets out of areas where 1080 has just been dropped in Golden Bay have been erected at major entrance points to treated areas.
The two-day drop over 17,400 hectares of conservation, forestry and farmland between the Anatoki and Aorere valleys finished on Wednesday.
The drop was part of the Animal Health Board's programme to counter the possible spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) into farmland from Kahurangi National Park.
Animal Health Board West Coast-Tasman community relations advisor Imogen Squires said strict regulations ensure the public know possum control has taken place in an area.
"Warning signs at all operational sites clearly state where sodium fluoroacetate  has been used and for how long dogs must be kept out of the area," Ms Squires said. "We strongly advise owners to keep their animals well away from areas where warning signs are present. It will not be safe for your dog to re-enter the area until all signs have been officially removed."
If you suspect your dog may have swallowed 1080 pellets, take it to the nearest veterinarian immediately. Local vets are aware of the possum control that has taken place in the area.
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