Kill Sign

Predators might be stealthy but they often leave behind uneaten remains of their bird, egg, small mammal, reptile or insect victims. Likely killers can be identified from the type of prey, the way it was killed and eaten, and the location of the kill sign. Kill sign isn't the most clear-cut way to identify a predatory animal pest, though, so look for other clues as well, such as footprints or droppings.

Remember that animal or egg remains might have been scavenged after the initial kill – and not necessarily by the same species. Most pest predators will scavenge, as will some native species such as the black-backed gull, weka, Australasian harriers and, occasionally, New Zealand falcons.

Scavenging is difficult to distinguish from kill sign but look nearby for other signs, such as footprints or droppings, that might help identify the predator or the scavenger. A scavenger may still be attracted to the corpse so keep an eye out for the animal itself.

Narrow your search to specific types of Kill Sign:

Fur, feathers or scales (vertebrate)

Insects or snails (invertebrate)