Returning native species like kākā and kōkako back to Egmont National Park has seen a targeted increase in predator control measures on the park. Predators include goats.
The park covers 34,000 hectares and, since 1925, specialist and well-trained hunters have culled more than 100,000 goats off the mountain. However, only recently, there is only a small number left of the park.
For many years goats have caused significant damage to the forest structure, as they eat young seedlings, saplings and ring bark mature trees. This vegetation is an important food source for invertebrates and native birds.
A comprehensive goat suppression programme, managed by the Taranaki Mounga Project and supported by the DOC underway. Taranaki Mounga is currently looking at options as to how to finish the job or prove that goats are now functionally extinct due to the very low numbers that may still be on the park.
Unfortunately, we know tethered goats occasionally escape from neighbouring properties. Some migrate to the park and breed. It is important for the biodiversity of the national park that this does not happen.
How you can help
To stop this risk, we are proposing properties within a 2km radius do not have tethered goats on their property or have them safe and secured on their properties. Unfortunately, it only takes a few goats to escape to re-establish a population in the park. This is something we want to avoid and we are asking for your help to stop the possible re-population.
Want more information?
Our team are more than happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact Goat Operations Manager Jared Coombes on firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 215 9199 to arrange a time for him to visit you