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Member Spotlight - Julie Cunningham

Peter Muennich

Member Spotlight - Julie Cunningham

(Photoed above is Julie and chief pilot for MFWP, Joe Rahn, who is the key man who’s helped Julie get some all-time record high goat counts in some districts in the last couple years.  He’s amazing at flying goats, and he loves goats too.  He has a saying from his time in Alaska: “Sheep go where men don’t go. Goats go where sheep don’t go.”) RMGA Member Spotlight - Julie Cunningham My name is Julie Cunningham, and I am the Bozeman area wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  My job is diverse, but focuses on management of ungulates, hoofed...


RMGA Volunteer Project Recap // MT HD-361

Peter Muennich

RMGA Volunteer Project Recap // MT HD-361

Montana HD-361 RMGA Volunteer Project Recap By :: Pete Muennich It was rewarding to return to where it all began. This past July 17-19, RMGA once again took to the hills on the Montana Idaho boarder in HD-361. This is the same location of RMGA's inaugural survey in 2013 where a small band of volunteers documented a healthy herd of goats not recognized by either of the neighboring states. Flash forward and Montana got it's newest goat district, HD-361.  This year, teams of volunteers rallied at the HQ of project sponsor, Stone Glacier. We visited with Regional Biologist, Julie Cunningham,...


Help Save New Zealand's Himalayan Tahr

Peter Muennich

Help Save New Zealand's Himalayan Tahr

Help us save the mighty Himalayan Tahr from the New Zealand Government's devastating cull plans that will see thousands of Tahr slaughtered and left to rot in the mountains, decimating thousands of jobs, livelihoods and a recreation that is critical to the mental & physical well-being of many. We are simply asking for a seat at the table to help manage Tahr based on sound science. Let's put an adaptive management strategy in place that conserves our native vegetation, while also provides for our recreational and commercial hunting interests. Let's work together and put an end to this ongoing conflict....


Help Wanted - RMGA Regional Representatives

Peter Muennich

Help Wanted - RMGA Regional Representatives

Locals Wanted! RMGA is taking steps to empower locals to get more involved with mountain goat conservation in their own back yards! We're currently seeking RMGA Regional Representatives to help us streamline and improve our communications and conservation contributions to each state and  province managing mountain goats. Below are the regions we are opening up to this program.  Montana Idaho Utah Colorado Washington Oregon  Nevada South Dakota Coastal BC Interior BC  Alberta Central Alaska SE Alaska NWT  We're looking for motivated individuals with strong communication and organizational skills who poses a deep passion for mountain goat conservation. Responsibilities will focus on, but...


RMGA Fights for Respectful Goat Encounters

Peter Muennich

RMGA Fights for Respectful Goat Encounters

RMGA Fights for Respectful Goat Encounters In a recent partnership between RMGA, the US Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, a new video and signage have been created as a public education effort to protect mountain goats that have become highly habituated. Trailheads like those at Fairy Lake in the Bridger Mountains will now be posted with a reminder to hikers that goats are WILD animals and deserve our respect and distance. Nothin good ever comes from wild animals habituating. Human / goat conflict can be as petty as a goat licking up your salty urine to encounters as serious...