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2018 Frank Church Mountain Goat Survey

Lyle Hebel

2018 Frank Church Mountain Goat Survey

Join us on July 20th-22nd to survey a gnarly piece of Idaho's Franck Church Wilderness. We will be looking for mountain goats in hunt area 27-5, southeast of Yellowpine, ID. Volunteers will meet at 8am on Friday June 20th at the Buck Mountain Campground (map below). Regional mountain goat biologist, Nathan Borg, will brief volunteers on project goals and search areas. We will divide into teams and spend the weekend searching for mountain goats.  This area could possibly hold more goats than previously thought opening the possibility for future hunting opportunities. Join us to help make this a reality!  This...


Olympic National Park Goat Removal to Begin September 2018.

Lyle Hebel

Olympic National Park Goat Removal to Begin September 2018.

The largest mountain goat relocation project in American history is set to begin this September in Olympic National Park. The National Park Service (NPS) has decided to completely eradicate the species from the landscape over the next three years. Mountain goats were introduced to the Olympic Mountains in the late 1920’s and the park service arrived in 1938. In what the park is calling an attempt to preserve native alpine plants, all of Olympic Nation Park’s (ONP) mountain goats will either be live-captured or lethally-removed over the next several years. This fall’s initial capture will be a trial run to...


Rocky Mountain Goat Molt Project

Peter Muennich

Rocky Mountain Goat Molt Project


Mount Naomi Wilderness Goat Survey

Peter Muennich

Mount Naomi Wilderness Goat Survey

Join us for a  survey of the Mount Naomi Wilderness area in Cache county Utah on June 1-3, 2018. With large tracts of suitable goat habitat and known populations nearby, but infrequent sightings reported it is difficult to ascertain a reliable population count and if there are resident goats in the area. Concentrating from Mount Elmer on the south to Doubletop Mountain on the north, we will divide into teams for the survey. A brief orientation meeting will be held Friday June 1st at Utah State University at 12pm. Volunteers will receive data sheets and assigned areas depending on numbers. From there we will disperse to...


2018 Black Hills Volunteer Project - South Dakota

Peter Muennich

2018 Black Hills Volunteer Project - South Dakota

The robust goat population of South Dakota is currently estimated over 100 animals and currently offers two special-draw hunting permits annually. For years now, the RMGA has surveyed this population and assisted in the return of the hunting opportunities in 2015.  April 27-28 marks our fifth annual mountain goat survey in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Complimentary campsites will again be available for all RMGA volunteers at the State Game Lodge campground in Custer State Park of route 16A.  We will have a volunteer meeting each morning at 8am as well as a BBQ each evening at the campground. Volunteers will...