GOA004: Trapping of feral goats

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.

Trapping of feral goats is usually conducted by landholders and involves the use of self-mustering technology which was originally developed for the management of sheep and cattle in rangeland areas. Trapping involves the construction of goat proof fences around water points with a number of one-way gates or ramps. The gates/ramps allow goats to enter the trap and have access to water but prevent them leaving. Once trapped, the goats are usually sold for live export, to abattoirs for slaughter or less commonly, for domestication, which offsets the costs of capture. Where there is no market for them or where removal may be costly or impractical e.g. in conservation areas or remote areas without access to transportation, the goats are usually destroyed by shooting in the trap yard.

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.

Author Sharp, T.
Date 19/12/2012
Year 2012
Pages 8
Notes GOA004
Control method Trapping
Region Australia - national
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