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Montana – Bridgers 2017 Volunteer Project Recap

Peter Muennich

Montana – Bridgers 2017 Volunteer Project Recap

Montana – Bridgers 2017 Volunteer Project Recap Our inaugural project in the Bridger mountains was a big success! With over 15 volunteers, we divided into search teams and successfully documented the highest count ever recorded in the Bridger mountains with at least 79 goats with possibly as many as 83. The previous high was an October fixed-wing flight in 2002 at 74 goats. All participating volunteers should be proud! These findings were greats news after multiple years of arial counts around 40 animals. We would like to send a big thank you to regional biologist, Julie Cunningham, for helping to...


Washington – Enchantments 2017 Project Recap

Peter Muennich

Washington – Enchantments 2017 Project Recap

Washington – Enchantments 2017 Project Recap The table below reflects the volunteer findings from our recent project in the Enchantments A huge thank you to everyone who donated their time! All Photos curtesy of RMGA Project Leader, Allen Ernst


2017 Utah Goat Survey – Mt. Ogden / Snowbasin Ski Resort

Peter Muennich

2017 Utah Goat Survey – Mt. Ogden / Snowbasin Ski Resort

Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance – Utah 2017 Volunteer Goat Survey – Mt. Ogden / Snowbasin Ski Resort On July 15, 2017 at approximately 8:05am, I found myself in a conference room located in the Ogden branch of the Utah DNR surrounded by Mountain Goat enthusiasts. Leading the instruction and pre survey meeting was Chad, a DNR Biologist who’s area we were about to enter in search of a pioneering herd of mountain goats. “Some counts give us 10-15, and some give us 25-30 goats on that range” he said highlighting areas of a ridgeline partially leased by Snowbasin Ski Resort....


Kenai Mountains Mountain Goat Research Project Update

Peter Muennich

Kenai Mountains Mountain Goat Research Project Update

Kenai Mountains Mountain Goat Research Project Update Mountain goats inhabiting Alaska’s Kenai Mountains represent the westernmost naturally occurring goat population in North America. Mountain goats inhabit most areas within the Kenai Mountains including parts of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Chugach National Forest, and Kenai Fjords National Park. Goat densities are highest in coastal areas and lower in the interior mountains, where goats coexist with Dall sheep and caribou. Relatively little is known about this unique goat population and, in an effort to improve our understanding of goat ecology in this mountain range, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Department...


2016 Frank Church Wilderness Mountain Goat Survey Recap

Peter Muennich

2016 Frank Church Wilderness Mountain Goat Survey Recap

Deep in Idaho’s backcountry lives a population of mountain goats shrouded in mystery. This once hunted, native pocket of goats was first surveyed in 1990 and most recently in 2003. The thirteen-year hiatus of data left McCall’s Regional Wildlife Biologist, Nathan Borg, with several unanswered questions. After reaching out to the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance for volunteer help in early 2016, a backcountry project was scheduled for late July. Goat Alliance volunteers once again rallied around the cause, this time in the beautiful Frank Church Wilderness near Yellow Pine, Idaho. We laced up our boots, loaded our packs and hit...