Tahr sightings and control maps

DOC have recently published maps on their website to show where tahr have been controlled during the 2020-2021 control operations so far. The maps also show where mature bull tahr outside the National Parks were sighted and may prove useful to tahr hunters planning their next trip. The maps are available here.

2020-2021 Tahr Control Operational Plan

Details of the 2020-21 Tahr Control Operational Plan, including recent changes to control hours outside of national parks following discussions with the Game Animal Council, are available here.

Changes to tahr control operations positive – 14 September 2020

Discussions between the Game Animal Council and the Department of Conservation have resulted in some positive changes to where the Department will focus tahr control outside Aoraki/Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks…READ MORE

Long-term outcomes should be priority in tahr management

The Game Animal Council welcomes greater involvement in the implementation of the 2020-21 Tahr Control Operational Plan while remaining concerned at the decision to proceed with the full allocation of helicopter control hours in the national parks…READ MORE

Tahr Control Operational Plan 2020-2021 Submission

The Game Animal Council’s detailed submission on the 2020-21 Tahr Control Operational Plan…READ MORE


2019-2020 Control Plan

The Tahr Control Operational Plan for 1 September 2019 to 30 June 2020 was developed following consultation with key stakeholders including the Game Animal Council.

DOC control is to focus on protecting Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks from the impacts of a large tahr population, while also stopping the tahr feral range from geographically expanding.

Instead of targeting a specific number of animals, DoC targeted key areas and nationally significant landscapes spending 40 hours in the air protecting the national parks as well as another 40 hours in the air controlling the edge of the feral range boundaries.

The new plan is available here and GAC’s statement on it is here.

In all areas, DoC undertook to leave identifiable male tahr for hunters . Recreational hunters will be able to log their control efforts on an app which is currently in development.

2018-2019 Control Plan

Results of the 2018/19 Tahr Control Operational Plan are available at DoC’s Tahr Control Operations information page.

Of particular interest to hunters and something that the Game Animal Council and the NZ Tahr Foundation successfully negotiated with DoC are the production of maps showing the locations and numbers of tahr controlled, and where and in what numbers bulls have been seen.

Note that bulls were not targeted by operations within the feral range.

Map of tahr management units