Feral Animal Control

Feral Goats (Capra aegagrus hircu)
Bush goats are widely believed to represent an ecological threat to some areas of the Australian rangelands. Feral goats compete with other herbivores and in some circumstances directly reduce grazier returns from sheep and cattle. In addition, feral goats have the potential to act as a disease reservoir in the event of an exotic disease outbreak such as foot and mouth. Although eradication of feral goats is generally considered to be both economically and technically unachievable over most of the rangelands, it remains as the stated goal of some land management agencies

Feral Goats can cause significant habitat degradation. Removal or destruction of vegetation together with trampling by ungulate herbivores decreases soil stability and contributes to erosion, demonstrations have shown that removal of goats results in a rapid decrease in soil erosion; this initial rapid decrease is followed by a slower decline in erosion coincident with a relative increase in vegetation. (www.environment.nsw.gov.au/determinations/FeralGoatsKtp.htm)

Over the last 12 – 18 months feral goats have become an increasing problem both on ML 1541 and the Hill End village itself. HEGL has responded to the concern expressed by Hill End residents with a targeted trapping program. A walk in trap was constructed adjacent to the Reward Shaft area, after some trials using lick blocks, grain and lucerne hay it was found that once the goats became used to the feeding site, they would regularly return. To date 37 Feral Goats have been trapped and removed from site.  

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Wild Dogs (Canis lupus ssp.)
Along with some 40 other landholders (stakeholders) HEGL has become concerned with the increasing number of wild dog sightings in the area. HEGL was in the process of joining the Hill End – Hargraves Wild Dog Group (HE&HWDG) and planning a local baiting program when we were informed that to allow for a more direct focussing of efforts the HE&HWDG would align their membership area with the Mid Western Regional Council boundary. In response to this HEGL is in the process of joining the newly formed Turon Wild Dog Association.