Foundation hails ‘landmark’ tahr ruling

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The Tahr Foundation has welcomed a High Court decision halting the Department of Conservation’s plan to kill thousands of tahr in the Southern Alps.

The foundation asked the High Court for a judicial review of Doc’s plan to exterminate all Himalayan tahr in national parks and sharply reduce tahr populations in other areas.

The application was heard in the High Court at Wellington last week.

Justice Dobson said Doc had to reconsider its decision to proceed with the 2020-21 plan after consulting interests represented by the foundation and other stakeholders.

Until consultation and a further decision had been completed, Doc could undertake only half of the 250 hours provided for in the 2020-21 plan.

Foundation spokesman Willie Duley said the decision was a victory for common sense.

“This is a landmark decision. It recognised the considerable gaps in Doc’s process, the lack of consideration for stakeholders affected and will stop the decimation of the tahr herd and save jobs,” he said.