Several cows have been shot over fears a motorist could be
injured or killed in a collision with one of the wandering
The cattle had been wandering onto SH47 near National Park
and causing vehicle accidents and near misses, the Ruapehu
District Council (RDC) said.
"I have personally attended one vehicle collision with a
cattle beast that required the animal to be shot and have
heard of other near misses," said RDC Team Compliance
Officer, Wayne O'Shannessey.
The cattle had been constantly wandering onto the highway and
there were fears it was only a matter of time before someone
was hurt or killed in a collision, RDC said.
"A collision between a car and a cattle beast will invariably
write-off the car and there is a very high likelihood that
the driver or passengers will be seriously injured if not
"It is almost impossible to see a cow on the road on a dark
night out in the country," Mr O'Shannessey said.
"The cattle are not wild but due to the state of the
surrounding fences and the nearest cattle yard being
unsuitable to hold the animals a muster was not a viable
"Council gets numerous calls about stock being on the roads
from around the district.
"This is a timely reminder for farmers to ensure their stock
cannot roam and are secure in their paddocks."
The joint agency shooting operation, targeting seven of a mob
of 15 to 20 beasts, was carried out yesterday by RDC, the
Department of Conservation (DOC) and police.