• Brendan Rogers - Parks Victoria

Getting On Your Goat

Updated: Feb 28, 2020

Feral goats trapped in Murray Sunset National Park (Photo credit; Parks Victoria)

New Goat Management Strategy – Information about the new strategic action plan for feral goat and landholder involvement A new strategic action plan for feral goat management on public land in North West Victoria is nearing completion. The plan is a key component of the larger Total Grazing Management Plan for Mallee parks, which aims to restore degraded natural values by reducing grazing pressure from kangaroos, rabbits and goats. In addition to the ecological reasons for undertaking feral animal control, Parks Victoria has legal and ‘good neighbour’ obligations to reduce numbers of feral goats on the land it manages, using humane and cost-effective control methods. Parks Victoria also acknowledges that by reducing the number of feral animals it makes an important contribution to the broader landscape and all public lands.

This plan is designed to support the implementation of the management objectives in the Total Grazing Management Plan. Four key objectives are identified for management actions in the plan: a) the restoration of semi-arid woodlands, b) resilience of floodplain vegetation community, c) protection of animal welfare and d) the protection of Aboriginal sites and values. This new plan contributes toward these management objectives. Management actions to help undertake feral goat control include enhancing existing partnerships and the building of new relationships with key partners and stakeholders. In addition to Traditional Owners, new and existing partners and stakeholders include other government agencies, non-government organisations, community and special interest groups, volunteers and landholders. Another aim of this plan is to reduce the expense to the agency of aerial culling by enhancing sporting shooter involvement, building adjacent landholder capacity, Traditional Owner involvement and commercial operators in removal operations, and the monitoring of agreed performance measures. While this plan addresses the density and impact of feral goats on public land in the broader landscape, there is a focus on national parks such as MurraySunset National Park, where feral goats are a known threat to regeneration of endangered vegetation communities. Surveys across some of these parks have recorded large numbers of feral goats, and this information provides a sound basis for planning across NorthWest Victoria.

Feral goats trapped on adjoining freehold farmland near Murray Sunset National Park

(Photo credit; Parks Victoria)

Feral goat browsing on Cattlebush Alectryon oliefolius in Murray Sunset National Park

(Photo credit; Parks Victoria)

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