A convenient livestock animal for early European settlers, the goat has become one of the most environmentally destructive feral animals in Australia.

Introduced to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788, the goat was valued by settlers for its meat and milk, with some breeds also providing mohair.

On Queensland’s offshore islands, goats were released as a source of food for lighthouse keepers.

Its ability to thrive on rough grazing and also to reproduce rapidly endeared this animal to European settlers.

But some of these goats were released or escaped, forming feral herds. This animal now causes immense environmental damage and is found in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.

Author Environmental Protection Agency/Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Year 2005
Publisher Environment Protection Agency/Queensland Parks and
Region QLD
Links https://www.epa.qld.gov.au/nature_conservation/wildlife/threats_to_wildlife/invasive_plants_and_animals/goat/