Feral goats (Capra hircus) can have a significant impact on the environment and agricultural production and are a potential reservoir and vector of endemic and exotic diseases. Although often considered a pest, feral goats are also an important resource, harvested commercially, primarily for meat. Control methods include trapping, mustering, exclusion fencing, ground shooting and shooting from helicopters. Radio-collared ‘Judas’ goats are sometimes used to locate groups of feral goats. Refer to Use of judas goats.
Ground shooting of feral goats is undertaken by government vertebrate pest control officers, landholders and professional or experienced amateur shooters. It is best suited to accessible areas with high feral goat populations. Shooting from a helicopter is a more effective method of quickly reducing feral goat populations. Refer to Aerial shooting of feral goats.
Shooting can be a humane method of shooting feral goats when it is carried out by experienced, skilled and responsible shooters; the animal can be clearly seen and is within range; and the correct firearm, ammunition and shot placement is used.
This standard operating procedure (SOP) is a guide only; it does not replace or override the legislation that applies in the relevant State or Territory jurisdiction. The SOP should only be used subject to the applicable legal requirements (including OH&S) operating in the relevant jurisdiction.
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