Conservation Blog

2019 Black Hills Goat Count

Peter Muennich

2019 Black Hills Goat Count

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 26-28 marks our sixth 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 split...


Update from Baranof Island, Alaska

Lyle Hebel

Update from Baranof Island, Alaska

"I wanted to follow up and send along a few pictures from our recent mountain goat survey on Baranof Island. We’ve been in an almost unprecedented stretch of nice weather (for the September mountain goat survey season anyway) and I’ve been super busy getting survey work done. As they say, you got to strike when the irons hot – as around here we can easily get 3-weeks of solid rain at any moment. This sequence of pics was interesting as it involved an observation of one of our collared females (with its kid + another nanny/kid pair + 2 other...


Measuring Body Condition Using Ultrasound in ONP

Peter Muennich

Measuring Body Condition Using Ultrasound in ONP

The Olympic National Park mountain goat relocation project has begun. Helicopters began with the first wave of captures in mid-September. The goal is to capture roughly half of the park’s resident 700 mountain goats before lethal removal is implemented in the years ahead. Unfortunately, a reality of drugging and relocating wild animals is that not 100% of them survive. What is to become of these expired animals? The RMGA recently funded for Conservation Committee member, Kevin White of Alaska Department of Fish and Game, to travel to Washington with his colleagues Tom and Kathleen Stephenson (California Department of Fish and...


Remembering Brett Barron - Tragedy in the Crazies

Lyle Hebel

Remembering Brett Barron - Tragedy in the Crazies

Our conservation family has lost a champion. Brett Barron was a career service member of the US Naval Special Warfare Community, a mentor, athlete, and conservationist with an unmatched spirit. On August 11th, Brett took a fatal fall while volunteering with us in the Crazy mountains of Montana. We are heartbroken by this tragic and sudden loss of life in goat country. We are honored to have worked so closely with this American hero. Brett's commitment to conservation will be memorialized through future RMGA scholarships and programs. Please continue to keep Brett's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers....


2018 Frank Church Mountain Goat Survey

Lyle Hebel

2018 Frank Church Mountain Goat Survey

Join us on July 20th-22nd to survey a gnarly piece of Idaho's Franck Church Wilderness. We will be looking for mountain goats in hunt area 27-5, southeast of Yellowpine, ID. Volunteers will meet at 8am on Friday June 20th at the Buck Mountain Campground (map below). Regional mountain goat biologist, Nathan Borg, will brief volunteers on project goals and search areas. We will divide into teams and spend the weekend searching for mountain goats.  This area could possibly hold more goats than previously thought opening the possibility for future hunting opportunities. Join us to help make this a reality!  This...