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Foreword by Dr Christoph Imboden
The Polynesian period
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abundant already animals areas arrived Australia became become breeding brought bush cats cause cent century certainly changes clear climate common conservation continued decline deer destroyed destruction disappeared dogs early effects endangered endemic established European evidence example extinct fact fauna ferrets forest four ground habitat hectares human hunting important increase individual introduced kakapo killed kinds kiore known kokako land later least less live mainland mammals Maori million mountains mustelids National Parks native birds natural nests never North Island Norway numbers original period plants Pleistocene Polynesian population possible predators present prey probably protected rabbits range reached reasons recent relatively remaining reserves robin seems Service settlers ship rats South southern species stoats takahe trees usually Valley various vulnerable weasels Westland wild Wildlife young Zealand