Lynmore Primary School
18th September 2009,
RE: Hedgehogs are a pest
Dear Minister of Conservation Hon Tim Groser,
I am going to convince you with the following reasons that hedgehogs are the worst pest that there is in New Zealand.
Firstly, Hedgehogs gobble up endemic reptiles and insects such as the weta. The Department of Conservation (DoC) has found as many as 283 weta legs in one hedgehog. Hedgehogs also eat endemic skinks and they may become extinct. Hedgehogs also eat grasshoppers so endemic grasshoppers may become extinct.
Secondly, hedgehogs eat ground nesting birds eggs such as the brown teal eggs. So when we look at a pond there is nothing beautiful to look at. Hedgehogs also eat kiwi eggs. Do you want your nations icon to be extinct?
Finally, the hedgehog can carry deadly diseases such as Tuberculosis (T.B). T.B. kills 99.9% of animals and humans who have been infected by it. Hedgehogs have also been known to carry the HIV virus (AIDs). This is an incurable disease that can kill in as little as 48 hours if left untreated. Imagine that!
So, please make a small donation to help stop the hedgehogs from hurting New Zealand.