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About $8000 of possum fur has been stolen from a Mosgiel shed.
Sr Sgt Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said at the weekend police were informed of 60kg of fur being stolen from a Bush Rd property after a shed was broken into.
New Zealand Fur Council chairman Neil Mackie said the price of fur was about $130 per kg currently, which would make the haul worth $7800.
He was not aware of possum fur theft being a common occurrence.
"It's important to let the other players in the industry know, because they'll try to sell that through those channels."
He was not aware of a possum fur black market.
It took about 18 possums to make 1kg of plucked fur, he said.
This would mean to make the 60kg it would have taken 1080 possums.