Journal article

Environmental and economic factors determine the number of feral goats commercially harvested in Western Australia

David M Forsyth, John P Parkes, Andrew P Woolnough, Greg Pickles, Marnie Collins, Ian Gordon



1. Many species of wildlife are harvested for sale but there are few time-series analyses of the factors determining the number of animals harvested. Economic theory predicts that price paid per animal is likely to be an important determinant of the harvest, but prices paid for alternative activities could reduce the harvest, and environmental factors such as rainfall could either constrain or enhance the harvest. 2. About 1 million feral goats Capra hircus L. are commercially harvested annually in the semi-arid rangelands of Australia, and there is much interest in how the harvest can be maximized so that the environmental impacts of the goats are minimized. 3. We developed 27 candidate mod..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was conducted for the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (Project ID no. 40499). We are grateful to A. Dowden ('Challa') and D. Clements (Geraldton Meat Exporters) for sharing their knowledge of the state of the feral goat commercial harvesting industry in Western Australia. Comments by A. Punt, G. Norbury, K. Rose, R. Pech, P. Thomson, H. Zimmer, C. Bezar, D. Choquenot, and one anonymous reviewer greatly improved the manuscript.