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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...


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...