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2020 ONP Goat Removal Project Update

Peter Muennich

2020 ONP Goat Removal Project Update

ONP Goat Removal Project Update By :: Pete Muennich    This coming July marks the fourth and final round of live capture and relocation of Olympic National Park’s mountain goats. After this, the park will begin lethal removal starting in September conducted by highly vetted backcountry volunteers. Helicopter gunning is slated to begin in summer of 2021. To date, the park has successfully captured 326 of their resident goats. 312 of those animals made it to staging area alive where they were handed off to Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife officials to be relocated into the North Cascades. 275...


Volunteer Project - Willard Peak, UT - August 1/2

Lyle Hebel

Volunteer Project - Willard Peak, UT - August 1/2

Volunteer Project - Willard Peak, UT - August 1/2 To sign up, contact peter@goatalliance.org This August we will surveying the famous Willard Peak mountain goat herd just east of Ogden, UT. This is an area familiar to RMGA volunteers and continues to be one of our most popular annual projects. Unfortunately, the Willard Herd has been in decline. The state has implemented efforts to help the goat numbers rebound including the lessening of hunting opportunities and complete elimination of live capture out of this herd to supplement others.  This August we will backpack across the Wasatch front around Willard and Ben...


Volunteer Project - Black Hills, SD - April 24-26.

Lyle Hebel

Volunteer Project - Black Hills, SD - April 24-26.

Volunteer Project - Black Hills, SD  - April 24-26 To sign up, contact peter@goatalliance.org We're are excited to announce we will again be hosting our annual mountain goat survey in South Dakota's Black Hills this coming April 24-26. Our survey will be based out of the Game Lodge Custer State Park Campground, where complementary campsites will be available to volunteers. Morning volunteer meetings will be held at the Tataka Theater, found at the east end of the hosting campground.  We will survey up to six different areas returning to the campground nightly. This is not a backcountry project and is open to...


Volunteer Project - MT HD-361 - July 18/19

Peter Muennich

Volunteer Project - MT HD-361 - July 18/19

Volunteer Project - MT HD-361 - July 18/19 To sign up, contact peter@goatalliance.org We're excited to once again be headed into Montana HD-361 this summer. In 2013, RMGA hosted its first volunteer project ever in the very spot on the ID/MT boarder. At the time, there was only rumors of resident goats. After an extremely successful count, regional biologist, Julie Cunningham, opened the district with two special lottery permits a year.  Every few years we return to this district to conduct a thorough census to confirm that the herd is not sustaining with the relatively new hunting pressure. If the goats...


2020 Billy Goat Society Hunt Winner Spotlight

Peter Muennich

2020 Billy Goat Society Hunt Winner Spotlight

Congratulations to RMGA Life Member, Matt Martin! Matt Martin was the lucky winner of the Billy Goat Society Drawing and is excited to be going Mountain Goat hunting in British Columbia with Dustin Roe Backcountry BC and Beyond this August. Matt, originally from Idaho, lives in Great Falls, Montana. He has a passion for the outdoors and especially archery, waterfowl and upland game hunting. He also enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 daughters in the outdoors and teaching them about hunting and fishing.   Matt is a member of many conservation groups: a life member of the Rocky...