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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.

Frustrated Resident.


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.

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  • Ditto

    This year we have had a ongoing problem with goats at Bowen st also. Upto twenty head at one stage. It's not the norm, for many years at various stages, our gardens and street haven't had visits. Once they start in a season they keep on comming back to strip our properties of the goodness available. Finding anyway possible into fenced properties. Definitely culls an makes difference but present efforts seem to be not thorough enough. I'm pleased there's plans to continue but surely there must be a thorough approach.

    Posted 19/11/2018 2:24pm (8 months ago)


    Typical answer from QLDC.....we are going to have a "management plan" to cover this issue blah blah blah......who needs a management plan and submissions to fix this???? Get some hunter with a silenced semi auto rifle, get him up there, and shoot the goats....end of problem.....

    Posted 19/11/2018 2:52pm (8 months ago)

  • Anth

    This is what happens when urban development encroaches on an environment where wild animals live . In more enlightened parts of the world people and local authorities manage this is in a considerate and humane approach that doesn’t involve going in gung ho on a killing spree. Of course once labelled a “ pest” their lived mean nothing , but really who is the real pest here ?

    Posted 20/11/2018 6:44am (8 months ago)


    Anth.....the goats are the pest here....they have all the mountains to roam around in, but they dont want to....they want to come into town, and eat peoples veges, flowers and gardens.....instead of walking around on their mountain tracks, they want to play silly games on the roadways....hence they are pests....only one way to deal with them, and that involves rifles and bullets....

    Posted 21/11/2018 6:54am (8 months ago)