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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...


2018 Crazy Mountains Volunteer Project - Montana

Lyle Hebel

2018 Crazy Mountains Volunteer Project - Montana

In the late 1950’s and into the early 1960’s the Crazy Mountains boasted similar goat numbers to what we have today. The population suffered a massive collapse that closed the area to hunting for 30 years until 1991. The die-off has been shrouded in mystery but mainly attributed to starvation. In an effort to avoid another massive loss of the area’s goats, extensive hunting has been implemented to stabilize the population. In recent years, nanny tags have been issued in a further effort to curb the population.  Unfortunately, recent low kid recruitment and low population counts have raised the concern that the population...


2018 Henry Mountains Volunteer Project - Montana

Peter Muennich

2018 Henry Mountains Volunteer Project - Montana

On the southern edge of Montana exists a population of mountain goats that were first surveyed in 2013 by a small group of RMGA volunteers. The newly discovered pocket of goats were found in high numbers. In 2014, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks opened the area to hunting with the issuing of two permits annually. After four hunting seasons, the RMGA will be heading back into HD-361-20 for a summer census.  We need your help! On August 4-5, teams of RMGA volunteers will head into the high-country for a weekend-long mountain goat count. This survey requires capable and experienced backpackers. Mandatory equipment...


2018 Skeena Region Goat Capture

Peter Muennich

2018 Skeena Region Goat Capture

2018 Skeena Region Mountain Goat Capture  By :: British Columbian Mountain Goat Biologist, 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 ranked S3 and are Blue Listed in British Columbia, indicating they are a species of special concern (BC Conservation Data Center 2016), for management. Mountain goats are not only a species that need to be conservatively managed; they are also a symbol of rugged wilderness and have important linkages to First Nations cultures,...


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...