We are a newly formed association devoted to...
Keeping the goat in the mountains...
The mountain goat is one of North America's most unique species. It is neither a goat nor a sheep and little is known about them. This association is being formed to ensure the future of mountain goats throughout their current and historical ranges.
We are forming to address the following issues:
Locating, Identifying, Restoring and Conserving Mountain Goat Habitat for the use and enjoyment for today and tomorrow.
Educating the public and policy makers of the issues that affect this magnificent animal.
We will provide coordination and volunteer help for governmental wildlife management officials for surveys, locating populations, and habitat restoration.
Alaska Dept of Fish and Game "mountain goats are the least studied large mammal in North America"
Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife "In terms of goat management, the biggest obstacles are consistent funding base to assess the status of goats, estimates of demographics for individual herds, and the existence of vast areas of suitable goat habitat where goats are absent."
Idaho Fish and Game "Efforts are also needed to inventory, characterize, and monitor alpine habitat and associated biota so that management activities for mountain goats can be conducted with consideration of landscape- and ecosystem-scale conditions."
Utah DWR - "The very elusiveness of the mountain goat, however, has resulted in a situation wherein its history, status, and indeed ecological legitimacy have been the subject of much discussion. It may well be that much of this discussion has been predicated on emotion, conjecture, and a less-than-complete data base."
Oregon DFW - "Data on seasonal movements, habitat use, diet, and factors affecting reproduction or recruitment are needed to improve management of established populations."
South Dakota Game Fish and Parks - "The mountain goat hunting season has been closed since 2007 as GFP biologists work to strengthen the herd in the Black Hills"
British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Parks - "Future needs also include regular monitoring of goat numbers, careful control of hunting and poaching, continued protection of habitat, and possibly some reintroduction of goats into previously occupied ranges. In addition, controlling of helicopter flights, motor vehicle access, snowmobiles, and human recreational activities may be necessary in some locations. These measures, and a little respect, should ensure the future of the Mountain Goat."
Alberta SRD - "Human disturbance and harassment of goats in Alberta is a potentially significant limiting factor warranting increased attention in the future."
Your Yukon website - "Shafer cautions, however, that mountain goats have not been studied or managed as extensively as wild sheep; there is much we don't yet know..."
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