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Rocky Mountain Goat Molt Project

Peter Muennich

Rocky Mountain Goat Molt Project


Mount Naomi Wilderness Goat Survey

Peter Muennich

Mount Naomi Wilderness Goat Survey

Join us for a  survey of the Mount Naomi Wilderness area in Cache county Utah on June 1-3, 2018. With large tracts of suitable goat habitat and known populations nearby, but infrequent sightings reported it is difficult to ascertain a reliable population count and if there are resident goats in the area. Concentrating from Mount Elmer on the south to Doubletop Mountain on the north, we will divide into teams for the survey. A brief orientation meeting will be held Friday June 1st at Utah State University at 12pm. Volunteers will receive data sheets and assigned areas depending on numbers. From there we will disperse to...


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...