"In North America there is one large animal that belongs almost entirely to the realm of towering rock and unmelting snow. Pressing hard against the upper limit of life's possibilities, it exists higher and steeper throughout the year than any other big beast on the continent. It is possibly the best and most complete mountaineer that ever existed on any continent. Oreamnos americanus is its scientific name. Its common name is mountain goat." -Douglas H. Chadwick

2016 Willard Peak, Utah Project Recap

By Peter Muennich, Founder, President on August 23, 2016 in Goat Alliance News
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2016 Willard Peak, UT Survey Recap

By :: Nathan Long

                  Friday June 10th marked the second annual survey of the Willard peak mountain goat herd. We met at the local DWR office to cover specifics and finalize the game plan. Snow was going to be present at this year’s survey after last year’s scorcher. The group of volunteers headed for Inspiration Point armed with 4-wheel drive and shovels.

A couple of lingering drifts were cleared to get us to a turn off with enough room for all the trucks. Several deep snowdrifts meant that the hike in was going to be a couple miles longer than normal. Once camp was established Friday night with 12 solid volunteers in attendance, the game plan to spilt into groups for the morning’s count was settled.

                  Saturday marked a beautiful morning in goat country. Each group saw numerous goats included a curious billy that stayed close for 20-minutes. Two sets of twin kids were observed which may have been the highlight of the trip. As afternoon approached, the clouds lowered and fog reduced visibility to nothing along with wind and rain. The Willard area is fairly small and with enough volunteers the consensus was that a good count had been achieved and it was a good time to use a break in the storm to get back to the trucks.

                  The final count was 114 total goats with the breakdown of  37 billies, 28 nannies, 28 yearlings and 21 kids. Despite the shortened effort the numbers showed the goats are still doing well at Willard and continue to provide a unique opportunity for locals and visitors to view and harvest one of these magnificent creatures.

 

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