Goats have been a common sight on Australia’s national parks and the country’s largest national wildlife refuge, Kangaroo Island, for decades.
But in the 1980s, some goat breeders were forced to take the animals out of the country because of a return policy.
It was a difficult decision for many of the goats and their owners, as well as a challenge for conservationists.
Goat breeders say the return policy was a way of preventing a repeat of the deaths of goats that were imported from the US in the early 1990s.
The policy meant that the goats were not allowed to breed again.
The animals were put up for sale, and in 1996, the Australian Government introduced a return ban on goat-breeding.
Goat-breeding and culling has become a common practice in Australia’s remote regions, and there are no national guidelines for goat-breeder management in those areas.
Goat culling is also a common method of controlling feral goats, and has become an issue for the reintroduction of feral goats.
In 2013, the New South Wales Government proposed that goats be culled at least once every 10 years in the state’s remote areas.
“We have a very strong goat culling policy in New South Australia, and we don’t have any goats in the bush,” Ms Macdonald said.
“So, it’s a matter of managing the numbers of the animals in the wild.”
The Australian Government said it would study the impact of the reintroductions, and “work closely with the goat-reintroduction experts to develop a long-term plan”.