Wild Goats Roam Queenstown Suburb
November 19 2018
There is a dark side to Queenstown’s ‘clean green’ image.
Travel to the suburb of Fernhill on particular days and you will see a herd of wild goats roaming the streets with apparent impunity.
What’s going on here!
It appears that a herd of wild goats has decided that an urban life beats the rigors of life in the mountains. Wide open streets to wander around, giving easy access to a varied menu of tasty treats in the well tendered gardens of the good people of Fernhill.
These introduced pests are causing a vast amount of environmental damage in the neighborhood and are a risk to pedestrians and vehicles negotiating the suburb’s streets.
It would appear that the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) are without a plan on how to deal with this risk to their reputation although it is their responsibility to their constituents to manage their streets and roads to provide safe passage.
C’mon QLDC. Come up with a strategy to deal with this problem or at least publicly recognize that there is an issue here that needs to be addressed.
Response From QLDC
We are sorry to hear that you are frustrated about the goats in Fernhill and would like to reassure you that we are taking steps to manage the wild goat population across the Queenstown area. We are aware of the damage that goats do to our native vegetation and have recently met with DOC, LINZ and other landowners to develop a joint approach to managing goat numbers. QLDC currently carries out goat culling operations across the Queenstown area (including Fernhill) however due to the urban environment the goats are in, these operations are very difficult and means we are only able to do these twice a year. The last cull was in September 2018 and the next is planned for March 2019.
QLDC is also making a submission to the ORC Proposed Regional Pest Management Plan to seek that we get recognition that wild goats are an issue in our area and that we can get a site lead management plan to control their numbers. We strongly encourage residents like yourself to also make a submission on this. Submissions close on 14 December, 2018.