Himalayan tahr were introduced to the central Southern Alps in the 1900s for game hunting. They have done so well in the mountains that they are a major pest in subalpine and alpine ecosystems. They feed on native tussock grasses and herbs, and trample vegetation. Ecologists have called for the eradication of tahr from New Zealand’s national parks and reserves, but this has been opposed by recreational hunters.
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