4 Nov 2012

Sex lures may be a fatal attraction

9:46 am on 4 November 2012

Sex pheromones could be used to catch possums in the future, if a study by the Animal Health Board continues to show positive results.

The two-year study has been so successful, the Animal Health Board sees it as a major advance in its efforts to eradicate Bovine TB in New Zealand.

The board's manager of TB eradication and research, Paul Livingstone, says the study uses female possum urine.

Mr Livingstone says the next step will be to conduct a comparative trial, alongside normal trap lures and see whether those pheromones are a cost-effective way to lure possums.