Conservation Blog

Relocating ONP Goats - A Volunteer's Perspective

Peter Muennich

Relocating ONP Goats - A Volunteer's Perspective

By :: Ethan Demi  This past August I distinctly remember a specific moment sipping my coffee looking across the Puget Sound from the front of a ferry that 5 other volunteers and I had boarded with two refrigerated trucks full of mountain goats. Two thoughts entered my head. The first being that this was undoubtedly the most peculiar moment of my life, the second being, "how in the world did I get here?"   So let's rewind and map out exactly how wound up on a ferry 2,850 miles from home with a truck full of mountain goats. Earlier in the year,...


The Dilemma In GTNP

Peter Muennich

The Dilemma In GTNP

The Dilemma In GTNP By :: Pete Muennich Last October, Grant Teton National Park (GTNP) released its plan to move forward with the removal of the park’s roughly 100 resident mountain goats in an effort to protect their bighorn sheep. The plan approved the use of both lethal and non-lethal removal of the animals. The plan also outlined and authorized the use of qualified volunteers to assist in the ground-based removal, much like what is unfolding this coming summer in Olympic National Park. The park’s final solution was the authorized use of federal helicopter gunning of the mountain goats and...


RMGA Conservation Funds Provide Veterinarian Support in Olympic National Park

Peter Muennich

RMGA Conservation Funds Provide Veterinarian Support in Olympic National Park

RMGA Conservation Funds Provide Veterinarian Support in Olympic National Park By :: Katie Haman, DVM, MSc This past summer the RMGA Conservation Fund generously provided funding to support the translocation efforts of mountain goats from the Olympic Peninsula to their native Cascade mountain range. As a result of this support, Dr. Katie Haman, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Wildlife Veterinarian, was able to participate in these captures, providing much needed veterinary support to ensure the humane capture, treatment and health assessment of translocated goats. During this momentous effort, a total of 211 mountain goats were removed from the...


Mountain Goat Seasonal Dispersal Research

Peter Muennich

Mountain Goat Seasonal Dispersal Research

Mountain Goat Seasonal Dispersal Research By :: 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 not only an iconic symbol of rugged wilderness, they are a key indicator species for healthy mountain and canyon environments. Mountain goats have important linkages to First Nations cultures, hunters, and nonhunters in the Province of British Columbia and elsewhere, thus conservative management is critical for their continued well-being and persistence on the land. Mountain goats must be managed...


Population Structure Research Using Genomics and Genetics

Peter Muennich

Population Structure Research Using Genomics and Genetics

Population Structure Research Using Genomics and Genetics By :: Jesse Wolf I was lucky enough to receive a grant from the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance to support my research allowing me to travel to complete field work related to a mountain goat project in northwestern British Columbia. Having recently returned from the field work in August 2019, I thought it appropriate to send a short report of what we were able to achieve. We are extremely grateful for the funding received, without it these field travels would not have been possible. The field work allowed us to perform additional analyses...