Conservation Blog

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....


2019 Crazy Mountains Goat Count

Lyle Hebel

2019 Crazy Mountains Goat Count

This August 3-4 we will again be hosting a great volunteer project in the Crazy Mountains. This is our 4th annual project in this iconic mountain range. Last year, one of our volunteers, Brett Barron, sadly lost his life on this project. Please help us memorialize Brett's sacrifice in the name of conservation by joining us for a successful 2019 goat count. Join us for a weekend on top the Crazy Mountains. We will kick off the survey with a Friday afternoon meeting at Stone Glacier where Regional Biologist, Karen Loveless, will explain project goals and search areas. To sign up for this project, please...


2019 Bridger Mountains Goat Survey

Peter Muennich

2019 Bridger Mountains Goat Survey

This July 27-28 we will be hosting a great volunteer project in Bozeman's backyard. The Bridger mountains offer some of the most consistent and accessible mountain goat sightings in North America. This local herd also boasts some of the largest goats in Montana!  Join us for a weekend on top the Bridger Mountains. We will kick off the survey with a Friday afternoon meeting at Stone Glacier where Regional Biologist, Julie Cunningham, will explain project goals and search areas. To sign up for this project, please contact Pete Muennich at peter@goatalliance.org