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    Lost Tramper ????

    Sound of troubled man on mountain turned out to be a goat

    Last updated 13:54, November 21 2017

    Department of Conservation/SUPPL
    A sound similar to a man yelling had been heard at the Kaiauai Shelter, which is along a 13km track on Mt Taranaki

    The sound of a bleating goat was mistaken by trampers for a man's cries for help, triggering a helicopter rescue operation on Mt Taranaki.
    However, despite the mix-up emergency services have praised the walkers and say their decision to call for help was the right one.
    A tourist who had been walking down a mountain track about 10.30am on Tuesday thought he heard a man yell for aid, Sergeant Bruce Irvine said.
    A goat, not to be confused with a tramper (file photo).

    "At the same some ladies headed up also heard the same noise.
    READ MORE: Bleats lead to fresh goat's milk
    "The ladies had seen a black goat in the water but when the goat saw them, it ran off."
    The trampers called for rescue, which sent the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter crew and a paramedic up the mountain.
    The paramedic was lowered to the ground to survey the area where the yelling had been heard while the helicopter searched from above, Irvine said.
    They were satisfied that no-one was injured and the noise heard was a goat bleating.
    Irvine said it was "actually not uncommon" for emergency services to respond to goat bleating as the sound can sometimes mimic that of a human voice.

    "When you're in the bush and you hear a goat bleat, it can very much sound like a man yelling," he said.
    And Irvine was satisfied that the trampers made the call.
    "Good on them for calling us.
    "Considering they're up in the mountain, we'd rather know about it at 11am than at 9pm."
    Helicopter crew member Andy Cronin said the call had come from the Kaiauai Shelter.
    A medic spoke with the trampers while the helicopter continued to observe from above.
    "We had a good look up and down the river," he said.
    While the crew were satisfied no one had been injured, Cronin said it was better safe than not for trampers to have made the call.
    "Whether not it's a goat, it always gets taken seriously," he said.
    "Any time people aren't sure, it's better they just ask."
    Department of Conservation operations manager Gareth Hopkins said goats had been a conservation problem for 90 years.
    "Goats cause significant damage to the forest structure, as they eat young seedlings and saplings and ring bark mature trees.
    "If left unattended, goats would not only negatively affect the plants and trees, but impact erosion, water quality and even our native birdlife. When goat numbers were at their highest, severe damage was done within the national park.

    More than 100,000 goats have been destroyed in the Egmont National Park since 1925 and there are estimated to be up to 1000 left.
    "But that's decreasing almost by the day," Jan Hania, director of the Taranaki Mounga conservation project, said.
    Taranaki Mounga, which involves Taranaki iwi chairs, the Department of Conservation, and other groups, is working to make the mountain free of predators by 2023.
    "There are no deer or pigs on the mountain so if we are able to eradicate the goat it will be the only national park in the country that has no hooved animals," Hania said.
    He had not heard before of a goat being mistaken for a person, but praised the tourists for raising the alarm.
    "It's great that people reported this," he said.

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    So is doc going to spend millon dollars on goat culling there so it dosn't happen again

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    Up in da hills somewhere near Nelson
    Used to get callouts for exactly the same think around Thames area

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    Was listening to one on Monday that made us stop and listen a bit more intently.
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    the Department of Conservation, and other groups, is working to make the mountain free of predators by 2023.

    I love it....Evil predator meat eating bird killing satan goats must be destroyed....How is a goat classed as a predator? Last time I checked it was food for a predator.
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    Peacocks trick a few people too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barefoot View Post
    Was listening to one on Monday that made us stop and listen a bit more intently.
    was listening to 1 from the house the last few days that sounded like a person yelling out "help", I hope it was a goat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmwsm View Post
    Peacocks trick a few people too.
    herd a Peacock the other day and it sounded like some one yelling fark off. Was not till it carried on that I realised what it was



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