Story: Introduced animal pests

‘Judas goat’

‘Judas goat’

Judas is the biblical character who betrays Jesus, leading to his death. This Judas goat on Black Peak, Central Otago, is fitted with a collar carrying a radio transmitter. Judas goats are taken by helicopter to areas where there are feral goats. A social animal, the unwitting traitor will soon find a group to roam with. Hunters return a few weeks later, guided by the radio signal, and shoot all the animals except the Judas goat, which is taken to another area.

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Photograph by P. Hondelink

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Bob Brockie, 'Introduced animal pests - Deer, goats, pigs and wasps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10136/judas-goat (accessed 14 November 2019)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015