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Olympic NP may kill mountain goats

Posted: Aug 04 2017 7:06 pm
by chumley
Concerned over aggressive behavior and environmental impacts of hundreds of salt-sucking mountain goats, Olympic National Park officials are considering relocating some and killing others.
A park survey in 2016 estimated that 625 mountain goats live in the park. Populations have risen about 8 percent each year on average since 2004, according to the impact statement.

In 2010, a mountain goat known to be troublesome gored and killed a 63-year-old man, then stood over his body and stared other hikers down, according to a witness.

The killing reinvigorated park discussions about how to manage mountain goats. The park service believes mountain goats are not native to the Olympic Peninsula.

Park officials in the 1980s removed hundreds of goats by helicopter and considered eradicating the goat population by shooting mountain goats in the 1990s, before public outcry from animal-rights supporters tabled that idea.
http://www.seattletimes.com/life/outdoo ... heir-fate/

Re: Olympic NP may kill mountain goats

Posted: Aug 05 2017 10:57 am
by Alston_Neal
chumley wrote:hundreds of salt-sucking mountain goats
That right there is the stuff of nightmares. Now if we can just relabel the "wild" Salt River Sucking horses.

Re: Olympic NP may kill mountain goats

Posted: Aug 05 2017 12:45 pm
by Pivo
Referring to someone as a "salt-licking mountain goat" is fighting words dans certaines parties du monde.

Re: Olympic NP may kill mountain goats

Posted: Aug 05 2017 4:14 pm
by rcorfman
chumley wrote:hundreds of salt-sucking mountain goats
With all that salt being sucked up, I bet the slug population has skyrocketed too.

Re: Olympic NP may kill mountain goats

Posted: Aug 15 2017 5:22 pm
by amy1300
Sounds like a job for Mexican gray wolves . . .