Goat eradication underway

The first attempt to eradicate a pest species from Banks Peninsula has been trialled at Little Akaloa with a big push to eliminate feral goats who cause so much browse damage to native biodiversity. The project is the first of many envisaged by Pest Free Banks Peninsula/Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū and Port Hills Partnership, a collaborative initiative between Banks Peninsula Conservation Trust, Christchurch City Council, DOC, ECan, Selwyn District Council, Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, Summit Road Society and Rod Donald Banks Peninsula Trust. DOC have trialled a new muster and hunt methodology using expert hunters fresh back from eradication efforts on an off-shore island.  The Rod Donald Trust has been the principal funder for the trial and was pleased to hear that so far 200 goats had been mustered and a further 70 shot. With more hunting still scheduled for this month we do hope that this has got the  lot. Find out more from this RNZ Checkpoint feature program.