A gang of 16 feral goats are on a run and are causing a disaster in a small town of New Zealand’s South Island.

The “mob” has been roaming through the streets of Blackball, destroying gardens and local flora as they go, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Officials say a total of 16 wild goats make up the mob have been very busy destroying gardens and local flora on the country’s South Island.

Authorities have so far been unable to catch the feral animals amid concerns they could cause a traffic accident in the small town of Blackball, which has a population of 330.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Mr Malloch said what started off as a small group of three animals has multiplied over the years, causing an increasing local problem. Residents have two weeks to claim the animals, he says, or they’ll be “dealt with”, most likely shot for meat.

“They just come through and wreck everyone’s garden,” explained animal control officer Murray Malloch. “They eat it and then move on to another one.”

Feral goats are an invasive animal species in Australia. First arriving in the 18th century with European settlers, their populations originated from escaped domestic individuals.

Feral goats have become a valued commodity across inland Australia in recent times, with high demand driving prices to record levels last year.

Adnyamathanha tribal of the northern Flinders Ranges,Nepabunna local Roger Johnson said shooting goats was a flawed policy, which negatively impacted his community and neighbouring stations, according to a report in ABC

“I’m not happy about what the Government are doing, just bringing their shooters in and leaving the goats laying around.

“At the end of the day its stuffing our waterholes up, and I just think its wrong what they are doing,” he said.’

Environmentalists are urging the Queensland Government take action to control feral goats they say are terrorising residents of Great Keppel Island, according to another report by ABC.