Fears are emerging that 1080 poison is not only ineffective against possums, but may in fact be causing mutations.
Hunting enthusiast and keen bushman Don Bilivmi has been travelling the country, monitoring possum behaviour and populations following 1080 drops.
“The pro-poisoners keep claiming that 1080 reduces possum populations where they drop but you can’t trust their data, so I’ve been conducting my own research.” explains Mr Bilivmi.
“Not only are they not actually dying, but they appear to be becoming more aggressive, growing larger, and their features are changing.” he said.
“My results indicate that the possums are actually immune to 1080, and not only that, it is causing mutations.”
Mr Bilivmi has provided several photos he claims prove the possums are mutating.
“Their eyes are a dark red colour and appear to glow slightly, and they display aggression through stance and by raiding nests. This is definitely not normal.” He insists.
When asked if nest predation is not actually normal possum behaviour, Mr Bilivmi adamantly disagreed.
“That’s just more pro-poisoner propaganda. Possums actually hardly raid nests at all, they actually stick to insects, berries and plants and only raid when they’re really hungry.”
“There is lots of other food during breeding season for them to eat, so it doesn’t make sense that they would raid nests.”
Mr Bilivmi, like many other Ban 1080 activists, wants to see the use of the poison baits stopped as soon as possible and believes his evidence is yet more proof the treatment is doing more harm than good.
However he holds out little hope that the Government will be swayed by his research unless more people get on board with exposing the real effects.
In the meantime, he is determined to keep monitoring the possums and collecting data, and hopes to eventually have it published.