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Montana Crazy Mountains’ 2015 Project Recap

Peter Muennich

Montana Crazy Mountains’ 2015 Project Recap

On August 7th, 2015, RMGA volunteers assembled at the Stone Glacier Backpacks headquarters in Bozeman, Montana. Over 20 volunteers from all over the state gathered for a project briefing with regional biologist, Karen Loveless. The objective of the Crazy Mountains volunteer project was to investigate the mountain goat recruitment rate in the range. The Crazy mountains of Montana have been called the “Crown Jewel” of mountain goat hunting opportunities in the lower 48. With 85 permits available in the island mountain range in 2014, and 50 permits in 2015, this area is home to more opportunity for sportsman and women...


Mountain Goat Education at 2015 Montana Outdoor Science School

Peter Muennich

Mountain Goat Education at 2015 Montana Outdoor Science School

On July 6th and 13th of 2015, the Goat Alliance was invited to the Montana Outdoor Science School (MOSS) to teach groups of young backpackers about mountain goat biology. Two different teams of middle age students spent a week each backpacking the Bridger Mountains just north of Bozeman, Montana. We covered mountain goat gender identification, reproductive cycles, and the value of hunter’s dollars in the conservation and management of big game species. After our outdoor classroom sessions, the students and their counselors hit the trails for a full week on the mountain. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks and the Rocky...


2015 Utah’s Willard Peak Project Recap

Peter Muennich

2015 Utah’s Willard Peak Project Recap

Reintroduced in 1994, the resident mountain goats of the Willard Peak unit have pioneered alpine habitat to the north and south of their original release site at Inspiration Point. Utah first reintroduced mountain goats back into their state on Lone Peak in 1967. Those first goats came from Wenatchee, Washington. The Lone Peak herd was later used in 1994 to seed the Willard Peak unit with five animals (one billy and four nannies). In 2000, the Willard herd was augmented with four more mountain goats. Our main objectives of this project were to determine just how far these mountaineering ungulates...


2015 Washington Alpine Lakes Volunteer Project Recap

Peter Muennich

2015 Washington Alpine Lakes Volunteer Project Recap

Hello all, Just a little follow up on the recent survey conducted in Central Washington. We had a good time looking for goats, but struggled to locate as many as we had hoped for due to record high temperatures in the triple digits. The goats were either still up in the snow fields or were hiding in the shaded areas very early in the morning and not showing themselves to us easily. We did still provide some very valuable information for the Department of Fish and Wildlife. They expressed a lot of gratitude and appreciation for what we did. I...


First Kids of 2015 - Photo Contest

Peter Muennich

First Kids of 2015 - Photo Contest

Through our social media outlets, we recently held a contest requesting photographic evidence of the first kid mountain goats of 2015. We offered a prize package of RMGA branded merchandise. The competition was fierce and many capable conservationists and photographers alike hit the mountains in search of the fresh kid goats. The first submission arrived on May 20th from the Humboldt mountains of northern Nevada by RMGA member, Chris Anderson, Joe Hoffman, and Cole Bleke. Congratulations, Men! You are our 2015 Kid Goat Photo Contest winners! RMGA Life-Member, Darryn Epp, wasted no time submitting his kid goat photos 24-hours later on May 21st...