Details of this species in Lord Howe Is.
Source: Parkes et al. 2002.
Arrival Date: c. 1834
Species Notes for this Location:
Feral goats (Capra hircus) have been present on Lord Howe Island since it was first settled by humans.
Management Notes for this Location:
In the early 1970s, an eradication attempt was made by islanders, and 228 goats were shot. Only one goat remained in the northern part of the island in 1988, but roughly 50 goats were present in the south part of the island in 1975. Annual control of the southern goats was carried out between 1987 and 1998, in which 579 goats were shot. The population was estimated to be about 200 in 1999, when an eradication attempt was carried out, combining aerial and ground campaigns. 295 goats were killed, but eradication failed. This was partly due to the underestimation of the goat population, and partly due to an insufficient budget to finish the eradication. In 2001, three goats were reported, and one has since been shot. A Judas goat operation was planned for 2002.
Lord Howe Island (1176 ha), home to several endemic birds, is located about 700 km off the east coast of Australia. It was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1982, and has been inhabited since 1834.
Last Modified: 11/03/2005 12:00:06 p.m.