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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...


2016 Frank Church Wilderness Mountain Goat Survey Recap

Peter Muennich

2016 Frank Church Wilderness Mountain Goat Survey Recap

Deep in Idaho’s backcountry lives a population of mountain goats shrouded in mystery. This once hunted, native pocket of goats was first surveyed in 1990 and most recently in 2003. The thirteen-year hiatus of data left McCall’s Regional Wildlife Biologist, Nathan Borg, with several unanswered questions. After reaching out to the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance for volunteer help in early 2016, a backcountry project was scheduled for late July. Goat Alliance volunteers once again rallied around the cause, this time in the beautiful Frank Church Wilderness near Yellow Pine, Idaho. We laced up our boots, loaded our packs and hit...


2016 Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington - Project Recap

Peter Muennich

2016 Goat Rocks Wilderness, Washington - Project Recap

By :: RMGA Member & Project Leader, Allen R. Ernst Twenty-six volunteers headed into Washington’s Goat Rocks Wilderness Area earlier this summer to conduct a boots-on-the-ground survey of the mountain goat population across the entirety of the expansive wilderness complex. Twelve major drainage systems and their ridgelines were covered and hundreds of goats were glassed up and documented. Most of the volunteers were from Washington, but a few came from as far away as Oregon and British Columbia. This was a project spearheaded by the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance in conjunction with Washington’s Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) and...


2016 Crazy Mountains Project Recap

Peter Muennich

2016 Crazy Mountains Project Recap

2016 Crazy Mountains Project Recap By :: Karen Loveless, Regional Biologest, Montana FW&P The Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance sponsored their 2nd annual volunteer mountain goat survey in the Crazy Mountains of Montana over the weekend of August 6-7, 2016. A total of 28 volunteers backpacked into the Crazy Mountains in 14 different teams in order to count and classify mountain goats. Volunteers recorded locations and group composition for goats observed during their backcountry trip. Each team camped in an assigned area, so that volunteers were distributed throughout mountain goat range in the Crazy Mountains. The objective of the survey was...


2016 Spanish Peaks Flight Report - Montana

Peter Muennich

2016 Spanish Peaks Flight Report - Montana