Introduction

New maps will be posted to this page following tahr control operations and population surveys.

Maps from tahr surveys in the South Rakaia/Rangitata and Gammack/Two Thumb Management Units (1 and 3)

DOC is publishing maps showing areas where large groups of tahr have recently been observed in popular hunting areas.

These observations were recorded over late Summer and Autumn this year as part of tahr population surveys in the South Rakaia/Rangitata and Gammack Two Thumb management units, east of the Southern Alps.

These maps are being published to encourage hunters to contribute to tahr control. More maps will be published when data is available.

Note:

  • The surveys were undertaken between late February and early May 2021.
  • The areas were mapped based on surveys undertaken on three separate occasions, and high tahr densities were observed each time.
  • Other areas not surveyed within the two management units may also have high densities of tahr.
Management unit Area observed Link to maps
MU 1 South Rakaia – Upper Rangitata Upper Havelock / Macauley
MU 3 Gammack – Two Thumb Two Thumb / Sinclair Range

Maps from Tahr Control Operational Plan: 2021–2022

Maps are posted to this page following tahr control operations. These maps show where operations have taken place and how many tahr have been controlled.

As DOC has not targeted identifiable male tahr outside of the national parks (Management Unit 4), observations of identifiable males across parts of 425,000 ha of public conservation land have been recorded and shared on this page to help hunters plan their next hunt.

All of this year’s aerial control within the feral range, including within Management Units, has been completed under this Operational Plan which runs through to 30 June 2022.

Note:

  • DOC is only targeting all tahr inside Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks (Management Unit 4), and outside the feral range. This will help DOC to meet its legal obligations and protect these special places.
  • Outside of the national parks (Management Unit 4), identifiable male tahr have been left for hunters across 425,000 ha of public conservation land.
Combined sightings of identifiable males in areas where control is complete under the Tahr Control Operational Plan 2021/22
Management unit Date range of operations included Identifiable male sightings Identifiable males observed
MU 2 South Whitcombe – Whataroa September 2021 Summary sightings map (PDF, 3,830K) 305
MU 3 Gammack – Two Thumb July 2021 Summary sightings map (PDF, 6,282K) 87
MU 5 Ben Ohau July 2021 Summary sightings map (PDF, 3,621K) 77
MU 6 Landsborough September 2021 Summary sightings map (PDF, 3,464K) 922

Notes:

  • Sightings of identifiable males observed in management units outside of Management Unit 4 have been mapped.
  • The circles represent the size of the tahr groups observed.
  • It is possible some of the recorded sightings may be of the same animal observed on different occasions.
  • If sightings are not recorded on a map at a particular location, tahr may still be present. DOC has not flown or hunted every valley within an individual management unit, or all management units in 2021/22.
Tahr controlled in management units July to November 2021
Management unit Date of operation Tahr control maps Tahr controlled
MU 2 South Whitcombe – Whataroa September 2021 Control map (PDF 3,913K) 873 female and juvenile
MU 3 Gammack – Two Thumb July 2021 Control map (PDF, 6,333K) 187 female and juvenile
MU 4A Westland/Tai Poutini National Park July 2021 Control map (PDF, 2,654K) 1441 animals
September 2021 Control map (PDF, 2,675K) 608 animals
November 2021 Control map (PDF, 2,653K) 160 animals
MU 4B Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park September 2021 Control map (PDF, 3,052K) 798 animals
MU 5 Ben Ohau July 2021 Control map (PDF, 3,620K) 111 female and juvenile
MU 6 Landsborough August 2021 Control map (PDF, 4,635) 480 female and juvenile
September 2021 Control map (PDF, 3,531K) 808 female and juvenile
Inside Feral Range November 2021 Control map (PDF, 3,814K) 175 female and juvenile
November 2021 Control map (PDF, 3,260K) 21 female and juvenile

Notes:

  • The circles represent the size of the tahr groups controlled/observed. In some cases individual animals belonging to clusters have been removed.
  • Some areas may have been flown more than once.

Maps from Tahr Control Operational Plan: 2020–2021

Maps are posted to this page following tahr control operations. These maps show where operations have taken place and how many tahr have been controlled.

As DOC has not targeted identifiable male tahr outside of the national parks (Management Unit 4), observations of identifiable males across 425,000 ha of public conservation land have been recorded and shared on this page to help hunters plan their next hunt.

Note:

  • DOC only targeted all tahr inside Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks (Management Unit 4). This has helped DOC to meet its legal obligations and protect these special places.
  • There were no further control operations on public conservation land within the feral range while the Tahr Control Operational Plan for 2020/21 remained in place.
Combined sightings of identifiable males in areas where control is complete under the Tahr Control Operational Plan 2020/21
Management unit Date range of operations included Identifiable male sightings Identifiable males observed
MU 1 South Rakaia – Upper Rangitata July – November 2020 Summary sightings map (PDF, 3,572K) 346
MU 2 South Whitcombe – Whataroa July – November 2020 Summary sightings map (PDF, 3,852K) 543
MU 3 Gammack – Two Thumb July – November 2020 Summary sightings map (PDF, 5,301K) 295
MU 5 Ben Ohau July – November 2020 Summary sightings map (PDF, 3,643K) 144
MU 6 Landsborough July – November 2020 Summary sightings map (PDF, 3,473K) 5791

Notes:

  • Sightings of identifiable males observed in management units outside of Management Unit 4 have been mapped.  
  • The circles represent the size of the tahr groups observed.
  • Some areas have been flown more than once and it is possible some of the recorded sightings may be of the same animal observed on different occasions.
  • If sightings are not recorded on a map at a particular location, tahr may still be present. DOC has not flown or hunted every valley within an individual management unit.
  • 1 Approximately 150 additional identifiable males were observed in the Landsborough but have not been mapped due to an error in the waypoints.
Identifiable males seen in management units July – November 2020
Management unit Date of operation Identifiable male sightings Identifiable males observed
MU 1 South Rakaia – Upper Rangitata 24–26 July 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,568K) 111
9–10 August 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,569K) 167
2–9 October 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,568K) 68
MU 2 South Whitcombe – Whataroa 24–27 July 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,848K) 240
12 August 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,847K) 59
20 September 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,052K) 79
2–9 October 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,847K) 55
10–13 November 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,847K) 110
MU 3 Gammack – Two Thumb 24–26 July 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 5,299K) 98
8–9 August 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 5,299K) 129
22 Oct – 11 Nov 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 5,298K) 68
MU 5 Ben Ohau 11 August 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,640K) 84
14–23 October 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,641K) 60
MU 6 Landsborough 27 July 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,469K) 101
11 August 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,373K) 94
9–23 October 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,374K) 217
1–2 November 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,468K) 17

 

Tahr controlled in management units July – November 2020
Management unit Date of operation Tahr control maps Tahr controlled
MU 1 South Rakaia – Upper Rangitata 24-26 July 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,688K) 272 female and juvenile
9–10 August 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,566K) 207 female and juvenile
9 October 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,564K) 76 female and juvenile
MU 2 South Whitcombe – Whataroa 24-27 July 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,849K) 464 female and juvenile
12 August 2002 Control map (PDF, 3,848K) 78 female and juvenile
20 September 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,053K) 134 female and juvenile
9 October 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,847K) 73 female and juvenile
10–13 November 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,848K) 289 female and juvenile
MU 3 Gammack – Two Thumb 24–26 July 2020 Control map (PDF, 5,300K) 228 female and juvenile
8–9 August 2020 Control map (PDF, 2,927K) 241 female and juvenile
22 Oct – 11 Nov 2020 Control map (PDF, 2,927K) 172 female and juvenile
MU 4A Westland/Tai Poutini National Park 15–19, 28 July 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,201K) 853 animals
10–11 August 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,305K) 230 animals
3–12 September 2020 Control map (PDF, 2,084K) 867 animals
21–23 October 2020

Control map (PDF, 2,602K) 242 animals
MU 4B Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park 17, 27 July 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,862K) 323 animals
12–14 August 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,919K) 539 animals
19–20 September 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,064K) 245 animals
MU 5 Ben Ohau 11 August 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,649K) 139 female and juvenile
14–23 October 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,640K) 102 female and juvenile
MU 6 Landsborough 24-27 July 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,473K) 989 female and juvenile
11 August 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,469K) 114 female and juvenile
9–23 October 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,472K) 448 female and juvenile
1-2 November 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,470K) 146 female and juvenile
MU 7 Wills Hunter 27 July 2020 Control map (PDF, 3,188K) 10 female and juvenile

Footnotes:

  • The circles represent the size of the tahr groups controlled/observed. In some cases individual animals belonging to clusters have been removed.
  • Some areas have been flown more than once.
  • Approximately 150 identifiable males were observed in the Landsborough but due to an error were not captured as waypoints so have not been mapped.

Tahr control outside of the feral range: July 2020 to June 2021

This map shows the locations, results and effort of DOC targeting all tahr outside of the feral range to stop the geographical range of tahr from increasing.

Between July 2020 and June 2021, a total of 265 tahr were controlled outside of the feral range.

Tahr control outside the feral range July 2020 – June 2021 (PDF, 4,124K)

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