In edition 36 of Wildlife Matters, you’ll find updates from around our sanctuaries that underscore the hard work of the AWC team on the ground – implementing the science and land management required to provide effective conservation for all Australian wildlife.Read more...
Feral herbivore control at Scotia
The 8,000 hectare feral-free area is effectively free of all feral herbivores – there are no goats and only the occasional rabbit incursion is detected. Ongoing monitoring programs are in place to detect any incursions: any rabbits that are detected are shot.
Across the rest of Scotia, feral goats occur only at low densities. AWC has eliminated most artificial watering points, which otherwise can attract and support goats. The few goats that do occur on Scotia are removed through a program of trapping, mustering and culling.
Rabbit control includes opportunistic shooting, baiting and ripping of warrens.
170 goats were removed from Scotia in 2014.