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RMGA Fights for Respectful Goat Encounters

Peter Muennich

RMGA Fights for Respectful Goat Encounters

RMGA Fights for Respectful Goat Encounters In a recent partnership between RMGA, the US Forest Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, a new video and signage have been created as a public education effort to protect mountain goats that have become highly habituated. Trailheads like those at Fairy Lake in the Bridger Mountains will now be posted with a reminder to hikers that goats are WILD animals and deserve our respect and distance. Nothin good ever comes from wild animals habituating. Human / goat conflict can be as petty as a goat licking up your salty urine to encounters as serious...


What you should know while recreating in goat country - MT FWP

Peter Muennich

What you should know while recreating in goat country - MT FWP

Video Here :: https://www.facebook.com/MontanaFWP.R3/videos/2770513549901952/ Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks: Mountain goats live in some of the most remote and precipitous terrain in North America. The challenge and beauty of these places also draw recreationists, who often encounter goats along the way. What people do in these encounters matters, not just for their own safety, but for the health and wildness of the goats. Some goat-occupied places in Montana, such as the Bridger Range near Bozeman and the Flathead Range near Kalispell, are particularly busy destinations for recreationists year-round. Conflicts between humans and goats can lead to human and pet injuries,...


RMGA's New Membership & Sponsorship Coordinators

Lyle Hebel

RMGA's New Membership & Sponsorship Coordinators

The Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance was founded by a group of dirtbag college grads who had more boot leather to donate to conservation than money. As we gained momentum, we’ve prided ourselves on being a conservation group who gets a lot done without huge funding. Backcountry volunteer projects still continue to be at the core of the work we conduct across the continent. RMGA members donate more than just annual dues to goat conservation.  Our grassroots approach also came with its setbacks and hurdles. Fully operated by a team of volunteer committee and board members, RMGA came to a crossroads...


Frank Church Wilderness Goat Survey ID-HD-27-5

Lyle Hebel

Frank Church Wilderness Goat Survey  ID-HD-27-5

Over August 14-16, 2020 we will surveying part of Idaho's goat district 27-5 in an effort to preserve some of the district's hunting opportunity. Spring aerial surveys have produced low counts in the Middle Fork PMU but there is suspicion the goats from 27-5 may spend the spring in neighboring districts and later move into 27-5 during the fall hunting season. In order to maintain hunting opportunity, the population will have to be confirmed via ground surveys. We need your help! This is a demanding backcountry survey where quality gear and experience are both required. We will be backpacking primarily around...


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...