By Peter Muennich, Founder, President on August 23, 2016 in Goat Alliance News
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.