Introduction

DOC is mapping the locations and numbers of tahr observed and controlled on public conservation land. Use these maps to help plan your next hunt.

Highlights

Tahr Returns app

Use the app to record the number of Himalayan tahr you've hunted.

Note: The management units we refer to are shown in the Tahr Management Units map (1,158K, PDF).

Maps from Tahr Control Operational Plan: 2020–2021

Maps will be posted to this page following tahr control operations on public conservation land. These maps will show where operations have taken place and how many tahr have been controlled.

As DOC is not targeting bull tahr outside of the national parks, bull sightings across 425,000 ha of public conservation land will be recorded and shared on this page to help trophy hunters plan their next hunt.

Note:

  • There are absolutely no plans to eradicate tahr.
  • DOC is only targeting all tahr inside Aoraki/Mount Cook and Westland Tai Poutini National Parks. This will help DOC meets its legal obligations and protect these special places.
  • Outside of the national parks, bull tahr will be left for hunters across 425,000 ha of public conservation land.
Bulls seen in management units July 2020
Management unit Date of operation Bull tahr sightings Observations
MU 1 South Rakia – Upper Rangitata 24–26 July 2020 Bulls seen (PDF, 3,568K) 111 bulls were observed
MU 2 South Whitcombe 24–27 July 2020 Bulls seen (PDF, 3,848K) 240 bulls were observed
MU 3 Gammack – Two Thumb 24–26 July 2020 Bulls seen (PDF, 5,299K) 98 bulls were observed
MU 6 Landsborough 27 July 2020 Bulls seen (PDF, 3,469K) 101 bulls were observed
 
Tahr removed in management units July 2020
Management unit Date of operation Female/junvenile tahr removed Observations
MU 1 South Rakia – Upper Rangitata 24-26 July 2020 Tahr removed (PDF, 3,688K) 272 female and juvenile tahr were removed
MU 2 South Whitcombe – Whataroa 24-27 July 2020 Tahr removed (PDF, 3,849K) 464 female and juvenile tahr were removed
MU 3 Gammack – Two Thumb 24–26 July 2020 Tahr removed (PDF, 5,300K) 228 female and juvenile tahr were removed
MU 4A Westland/Tai Poutini National Park 15–19, 28 July 2020 Tahr removed (PDF, 3,201K) 853 animals were removed
MU 4B Aoraki/Mt.Cook National Park 17, 27 July 2020 Tahr removed (PDF, 3,862K) 323 animals were removed
MU 6 Landsborough 24-27 July 2020 Tahr removed (PDF, 3,473K) 989 female and juvenile tahr were removed
MU 7 Wills Hunter 27 July 2020 Tahr removed (PDF, 3,188K) 10 female and juvenile tahr were removed

Footnotes:

  • The circles represent the size of the tahr groups controlled/observed. In some cases individual animals belonging to clusters have been removed.
  • Approximately 150 bulls 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: January 2020 to June 2020

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 January 2020 and June 2020, a total of 511 tahr were controlled outside of the feral range.

Tahr control outside the feral range January – June 2020 (PDF, 3,262K)

Maps from Tahr Control Operational Plan: 2019–2020

The following maps show aerial tahr control operations and bulls sighted on public conservation land between September and November 2019. Bull tahr were not targeted during these operations.

The locations of bulls were not recorded when work was undertaken by a contractor or Aerially Assisted Trophy Hunting concessionaire.

Tahr removed and bulls seen in management units September –  November 2019
Management unit Date of operation Female/juvenile tahr removed Bull tahr sightings
MU 1, MU 2 19–21 September 2019 Tahr removed (PDF, 3,842K)
MU 2 19–21 September 2019 Bulls seen (PDF,3,834K)
MU 4A 15–23 October 2019 Tahr removed (PDF, 3180K)
MU 4A 19–26 September 2019 Bulls seen (PDF, 3200K)
MU 4B 3–6 October 2019 Tahr removed (PDF, 3660K) Bulls seen (PDF, 3650K)
MU 5, MU 6 November 2019 Tahr removed (PDF, 3,906K)
MU 7 1 November 2019 Tahr removed (PDF, 3,506K) Bulls seen (PDF, 3,506K)
Southern buffer zone 15 October 2019 Tahr removed (PDF 3,619K) Bulls seen (PDF, 3,390K)

Maps from Tahr Control Operational Plan: 2018–2019

Official control for the 2018/19 Tahr Control Operational Plan was completed on 27 August 2019.

The maps below show where aerial tahr control was undertaken and where bulls were observed during official operations between 2 July and 27 August 2019 on public conservation land. Bull tahr were not targeted in these operations.

The locations of bulls were not recorded when work was undertaken by a contractor or Aerially Assisted Trophy Hunting concessionaire.

Tahr removed and bulls seen in management units July – August 2019
Management unit Date of operation Maps Bull tahr sightings
MU 1 5–7 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,307K) Bulls seen (PDF, 5,692K)
MU 1 18 October 2018 Bulls seen (PDF, 4,196K)
MU 1, MU 2 22–26 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 4,312K) Bulls seen (PDF, 4,311K)
MU 1, MU 3 24 August 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 4,007K) Bulls seen (PDF, 3,978K)
MU 1, MU 3 24–25 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 4,299K)
MU 1, MU 3 23 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,900K) Bulls seen (PDF, 3067K)
MU 1, MU 3, MU 4B 18–19 August 2019 Bulls seen (PDF, 3,325K)
MU 4A 12–14 August 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,345K)
MU 4A 1 August 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,495K)
MU 4A 26 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,494K)
MU 4A 18 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,407K)
MU 4A 22 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,491K)
MU 4B 18–19 August 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 4,216K) Bulls seen (PDF, 4,213K)
MU 4B 6 August 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,839K) Bulls seen (PDF, 4,064K)
MU 4B 1 August 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,818K) Bulls seen (PDF, 4,064K)
MU 4B 25–26 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,810K) Bulls seen  (PDF,4,036K)
MU 5 18–19 August 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,062K) Bulls seen (PDF, 4,066K)
MU 5 4–6 July 2019 Tahr control (3,721K)
MU 6 23 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 2,412K)
MU 6 22 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,661K)
MU 6 8 July 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,834K)
MU 7 27 August 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 4,003K) Bulls seen (PDF, 4,004K)
MU 7 1 August 2019 Tahr control (PDF, 3,755K) Bulls seen (PDF, 3,628)

Tahr control outside the feral range April to June 2019

The following map shows locations, results and effort for tahr control undertaken by DOC on public conservation land outside of the tahr feral range between April to June 2019. This has been important work to stop the geographical range of tahr from increasing.

Tahr control outside the feral range April to June 2019 (PDF, 3,930K)

Older maps

See past Himalayan tahr sightings and control maps.

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