"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
The Bridger Mountains have long produced some on Montana’s biggest mountain goats. First introduced in 1969 with the release of 13 goats, the mountain goats north of Bozeman have thrived for almost half-a-century. Each year, five coveted tags are drawn and awarded to lucky sportsman. These five permits are considered to have some of the highest trophy-potential in the lower 48. Unfortunately, several years of sub-par areal surveying has raised some concern on the current population count.
On July 29th & 30th, 2017 the RMGA is hosting a volunteer project to assist Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks with a ground-based population count. The project will kick off with a 6:00pm Friday night BBQ where regional biologist, Julie Cunningham, will distribute survey materials and delegate search areas to different teams. The 6:00pm Friday night BBQ will be held at Stone Glacier’s headquarters in Bozeman. We will be targeting five different zones with the objective of documenting as many goats as possible. Our search areas include Frazier Peak, Sacajawea Peak, Ross Peak, Saddle Peak, and Baldy Peak.
We need your help! If you would like to join us in the mountains for a two-day, one-night backpacking survey, please contact RMGA President, Pete Muennich at Peter@goatalliance.org or (406) 551-5104. All able-hikers welcome! Please come prepared with proper backcountry camping gear including good boots, water filtration systems, food, optics, GPS and cameras if you have them. Help us spread the word and share this project with anyone and everyone who may able to assist.