Conservation Blog

Mountain Goat Seasonal Dispersal Research

Peter Muennich

Mountain Goat Seasonal Dispersal Research

Mountain Goat Seasonal Dispersal Research By :: Krystal Dixon British Columbia is home to over 50% of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) that are found globally, with an estimated half of those residing in the Skeena region (MOE 2010). Mountain goats are not only an iconic symbol of rugged wilderness, they are a key indicator species for healthy mountain and canyon environments. Mountain goats have important linkages to First Nations cultures, hunters, and nonhunters in the Province of British Columbia and elsewhere, thus conservative management is critical for their continued well-being and persistence on the land. Mountain goats must be managed...


Population Structure Research Using Genomics and Genetics

Peter Muennich

Population Structure Research Using Genomics and Genetics

Population Structure Research Using Genomics and Genetics By :: Jesse Wolf I was lucky enough to receive a grant from the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance to support my research allowing me to travel to complete field work related to a mountain goat project in northwestern British Columbia. Having recently returned from the field work in August 2019, I thought it appropriate to send a short report of what we were able to achieve. We are extremely grateful for the funding received, without it these field travels would not have been possible. The field work allowed us to perform additional analyses...


2019 ONP Summer Mountain Goat Capture

Peter Muennich

2019 ONP Summer Mountain Goat Capture

2019 ONP Summer Mountain Goat Capture By :: Pete Muennich  Summer of 2019 brought volunteers and helicopters back to Olympic National Park for a massive mountain goat capture a relocation project. This is the second summer of live goat captures orchestrated by the Park Service and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. The Park deems their resident goats non-native and are in the midst of removing them from the landscape.  The RMGA is extensively involved in the successful live capture and relocation of some of the park’s mountain goats. RMGA conservation dollars were utilized to purchase everything from GPS collars,...


NPS vs GOAT

Peter Muennich

NPS vs GOAT

NPS vs GOAT By :: Pete Muennich, RMGA President The battle between the US National Park Service and the mountain goat is staged for 2019. Both Grand Teton Nation Park (GTNP) and Olympic National Park (ONP) are actively working towards the total eradication of goats across their landscapes in an effort to preserve native flora and fauna. Although hundreds of miles apart, the two situations share more similarities than they do differences. Washington’s ONP is slated to continue their effort of live capturing mountain goats during two capture periods this coming summer. Last summer was the first wave of this...


2019 Willard Peak Goat Count

Lyle Hebel

2019 Willard Peak Goat Count

Join us July 9th and 10th for a survey of the Willard Peak mountain goat herd. Focus will be on the area between Inspiration Point and Ben Lomand Peak.  Participants will need to hike several miles over difficult terrain. Survey will start at first light from multiple locations. Those unable to join for the full survey may be assigned a glassing location at bottom of mountain. Quality optics are strongly suggested for all participants.  Join us for a few days on top the Wasatch Front. We will kick off the survey with a brief meeting Monday July 8th to discuss project goals and search areas....