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New Zealand Journal of Forestry (2011) 56(1): 30
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Letter to the Editor
Bird Predation by Possums

Wink Sutton

Dear Sir Colin Bassett comment in the February issue 55(4) of this journal makes fascinating reading but it suggests that predation of possums on birds was not known until the early 1950s. This is a misconception. M. R. Skipworth (later Superintendent of Reserves in Dunedin but then a student at Canterbury and President of the Forestry Club (the forerunner of the New Zealand Institute of foresters/forestry) wrote an article on opposums. What follows are extracts from his 1928 account:
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