Proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society (1964) 11: 39- 44

Animal modification of native vegetation: Relations between feral goats and vegetation in New Zealand

Research Article
I. A. E. Atkinson  
  1. Botany Division, Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, Lower Hutt

[First paragraph...]
This paper describes some relations between feral goats and vegetation, and attempts to show how understanding their reciprocal nature may assist in improving methods of controlling goats. Examples are drawn from the Rimutaka Range where goats, red deer, pigs and opossums are present; Mt. Egmont and the adjacent Pouakai Range where goats and opossums are present; and Cuvier Island, 24 miles east of Cape Colville, where goats were the only browsing mammals prior to their extermination in 1961. Methods used in this study follow those described by Atkinson (1963).