Conservation Blog

2018 Skeena Region Goat Capture

Peter Muennich

2018 Skeena Region Goat Capture

2018 Skeena Region Mountain Goat Capture  By :: British Columbian Mountain Goat Biologist, Krystal Dixon British Columbia is home to over 50% of mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) that are found globally, with an estimated half of those residing in the Skeena region (MOE 2010). Mountain goats are ranked S3 and are Blue Listed in British Columbia, indicating they are a species of special concern (BC Conservation Data Center 2016), for management. Mountain goats are not only a species that need to be conservatively managed; they are also a symbol of rugged wilderness and have important linkages to First Nations cultures,...


Montana – Bridgers 2017 Volunteer Project Recap

Peter Muennich

Montana – Bridgers 2017 Volunteer Project Recap

Montana – Bridgers 2017 Volunteer Project Recap Our inaugural project in the Bridger mountains was a big success! With over 15 volunteers, we divided into search teams and successfully documented the highest count ever recorded in the Bridger mountains with at least 79 goats with possibly as many as 83. The previous high was an October fixed-wing flight in 2002 at 74 goats. All participating volunteers should be proud! These findings were greats news after multiple years of arial counts around 40 animals. We would like to send a big thank you to regional biologist, Julie Cunningham, for helping to...


Washington – Enchantments 2017 Project Recap

Peter Muennich

Washington – Enchantments 2017 Project Recap

Washington – Enchantments 2017 Project Recap The table below reflects the volunteer findings from our recent project in the Enchantments A huge thank you to everyone who donated their time! All Photos curtesy of RMGA Project Leader, Allen Ernst


2017 Utah Goat Survey – Mt. Ogden / Snowbasin Ski Resort

Peter Muennich

2017 Utah Goat Survey – Mt. Ogden / Snowbasin Ski Resort

Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance – Utah 2017 Volunteer Goat Survey – Mt. Ogden / Snowbasin Ski Resort On July 15, 2017 at approximately 8:05am, I found myself in a conference room located in the Ogden branch of the Utah DNR surrounded by Mountain Goat enthusiasts. Leading the instruction and pre survey meeting was Chad, a DNR Biologist who’s area we were about to enter in search of a pioneering herd of mountain goats. “Some counts give us 10-15, and some give us 25-30 goats on that range” he said highlighting areas of a ridgeline partially leased by Snowbasin Ski Resort....


Kenai Mountains Mountain Goat Research Project Update

Peter Muennich

Kenai Mountains Mountain Goat Research Project Update

Kenai Mountains Mountain Goat Research Project Update Mountain goats inhabiting Alaska’s Kenai Mountains represent the westernmost naturally occurring goat population in North America. Mountain goats inhabit most areas within the Kenai Mountains including parts of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Chugach National Forest, and Kenai Fjords National Park. Goat densities are highest in coastal areas and lower in the interior mountains, where goats coexist with Dall sheep and caribou. Relatively little is known about this unique goat population and, in an effort to improve our understanding of goat ecology in this mountain range, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Department...