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Abstract

The history and present status of goats on the Auckland Islands (New Zealand subantarctic) in relation to vegetation changes induced by man.

Abstract

An account of a survey, in 1972-3, of the distribution and behaviour of the goats (Capra hircus) originally released in the late 19th century as food for castaways on the islands. Open scrub and fine-grass sward vegetation types were preferred to forest, tussock grassland or dense scrub as feeding areas. It was concluded that the goats did not endanger plant communities or rare species within their existing range, and were unlikely to spread.