Himalayan tahr cull
Under instruction from the Minister of Conservation, DOC announced its intention to implement a mass cull to remove 10,000 tahr of an estimated 35,000 tahr on public conservation land, including the Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland/Tai Poutini National Parks prior to November.
The proposal wants to cull 3000 male tahr and 7000 "other" tahr, which will be a mix of nannies, juveniles and kids from public conservation land, not including the ones removed at the Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland/Tai Poutini National Parks, where there is a target of "zero density" of tahr.
DOC are supposed to work with New Zealand Deerstalkers Association, Safari Club International and Game Animal Council, WARO operators and professional mountain guides to remove a further 7500 tahr from public conservation land.
National’s Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie has said that Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage needs to halt her cull of 17,500 Himalayan Tahr due to start on 30 September until proper engagement and consultation has taken place.
It has been suggested that the severity of this action is a vendetta by Ms Sage against some in the hunting community who have clashed with her in the past.
Efforts are being made by the New Zealand Tahr Foundation to raise funds to protect the sustainability of our New Zealand Himalayan tahr resource
SCINZ president Mike Knowles has sent An open letter to Minister of Conservation dated 22 September 2018