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 identifiable male tahr outside of the national parks (Management Unit 4), sightings of identifiable males 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 (Management Unit 4). This will help DOC meets its legal obligations and protect these special places.
  • Outside of the national parks (Management Unit 4), identifiable male tahr will be left for hunters across 425,000 ha of public conservation land.
Identifiable males seen in management units July, August and September 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
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
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
MU 5 Ben Ohau 11 August 2020

Sightings map (PDF, 3,640K) 84
MU 6 Landsborough 27 July 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,469K) 101
11 August 2020 Sightings map (PDF, 3,373K) 94
 
Tahr controlled in management units July, August and September 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
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
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
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
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
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
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: 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 identifiable male tahr sighted on public conservation land between September and November 2019. Identifiable male tahr were not targeted during these operations.

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

Tahr controlled and identifiable males seen in management units September –  November 2019
Management unit Date of operation Female/juvenile tahr controlled Identifiable male sightings
MU 1, MU 2 19–21 September 2019 Control map (PDF, 3,842K)
MU 2 19–21 September 2019 Sightings map (PDF,3,834K)
MU 4A 15–23 October 2019 Control map (PDF, 3180K)
MU 4A 19–26 September 2019 Sightings map (PDF, 3200K)
MU 4B 3–6 October 2019 Control map (PDF, 3660K) Sightings map (PDF, 3650K)
MU 5, MU 6 November 2019 Control map(PDF, 3,906K)
MU 7 1 November 2019 Control map (PDF, 3,506K) Sightings map (PDF, 3,506K)
Southern buffer zone 15 October 2019 Control map (PDF 3,619K) Sightings map (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 identifiable males were observed during official operations between 2 July and 27 August 2019 on public conservation land. Identifiable male tahr were not targeted in these operations.

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

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