Remote control traps used in feral goat fight

Remotely operated trapping yards are being used in the fight to control feral goats in the Splitters Creek area, west of Albury.

The joint project between Murray Local Land Services, Albury City, Crown Lands, private landholders and the Splitters Creek community is targeting a population of around 60 feral goats that inhabit the area.

Murray Regional Pest Coordinator, John Nolan, said that while goat numbers were currently relatively small, the problem would grow substantially if left unattended.

“It’s important that we make inroads now into this population, otherwise we could have a big problem in two years,” he said.

Mr Nolan said remote-control traps were chosen as the area populated by the goats is hilly and difficult to muster animals.

“Our method has been to periodically free feed the goats to encourage them into the trap area, and monitor activity on cameras,” he said.

“Once there are 10-20 goats in the trap, we can remotely trigger it to close.”

“The goats can then be removed and sent to abattoirs, with the proceeds going back to the Splitters Creek community to carry out rehabilitation works on the area.”

Mr Nolan said the cooperation between Murray Local Land Services, Albury City, Crown Lands, private landholders and the community had been a big factor in the success of the program.

“This program has been well-received by the community, and because of that we’ve been able to set up these trapping yards on private land,” he said.

Mr Nolan added that the pest control program in Splitters Creek would continue beyond the goat population to include deer.

“Deer are more difficult to trap, so we will need to employ different methods to control them, but we’re committed to greatly reducing invasive species numbers in this area in cooperation with the local community,” he said.

“Cooperative programs such as these that empower communities and landholders to join the fight against pest animals are a key part of our regional strategic pest animal management plan, and we’ll continue to target problem areas throughout the region as the plan rolls out.”

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Media contact: Matt Lane, Communications, 02 6051 2252, mob 0427 459 755

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