Tahr Eradication in New Zealand

MTSLW

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As many of you who have an interest in New Zealand hunting are aware there has been a very controversial proposal to significantly reduce the Tahr herd in NZ. The Environmentalists are leading the charge and hunters are being left out of the discussion.
I would encourage anyone who has hunted or would like to hunt in NZ to share what is going on with other hunters, donate to the cause, or send emails to the government.
https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/nz-tahr-foundation
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Read below if you want more information:

DoC met with the representatives from the new Tahr Liaison Group (TLG) in August, and they have now released their revised control plan to satisfy her objectives. The main take home message expressed by the TLG was, while they acknowledged tahr numbers needed reducing to some extent, DoC must not cull bulls. However, DoC’s proposed control plan completely ignores this. Outside the National Parks they have a said that 30% of the animals culled will be identifiable males (bulls over the age of 2 years old) plus all juvenile males - which is a complete joke – as identifiable males are only about 30% at the maximum of the population anyway! In other words this is no concession to recreational and commercial hunting interests at all! They are going to shoot all tahr in the Westland and Mt Cook National Parks (down to a zero density), attempting to eradicate them all together. Initially, on top of the 2,500 they have already culled in the last few months, they are going to shoot 3000 bulls and 7000 other tahr in Management Units 1 to 7 before mid-November (all the tahr range outside the National Parks.) This includes all the most accessible, heavily hunted areas of the tahr range.
 
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bloke3006

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Hi

Was this action by DoC completed? Does the DoC understand the implications of their actions on the hunting business in New Zealand? I understand that Thar are an introduction species, but with a correct management plan all interest, excluding the wholesale slaughter of the Thar, this issue could be managed in more appropriate ecological manner?

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My sons there right now, work visa,and some bowhunting.Hard to get a gun there when your living and dont know anyone.Some ranchers help him.His having great trip, 7months so far.
 

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