Estimated state/province goat population - Approximately 800 (ODFW website)
Location(s) - Wallowa Mountains - Elkhorn Mountains - Hat Point -Vinegar Hill - Strawberry Mountains - Wenaha River - Cornucopia - Mt. Ireland Tanner Butte - Steamboat Creek - Mt Jefferson.
Governmental Management Agency - Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife - link
Human population: 3,831,074
State/province size: 98,381 sq mi
Goats introduced into state/province: 1950 from a herd of 5 from Mt Chopka in Washington State
Other links : ODFW
History of Mt. Goats in Oregon
Matthews and Heath (2008) examined the issue of mountain goats being native to Oregon, and published a paper entitled "Evaluating Historical Evidence for Occurrence of Mountain Goats in Oregon". The authors concluded that "mountain goats existed in small isolated populations in the Oregon Cascades and northeast Oregon, both pre-historically and historically, and that extirpation of the mountain goat from Oregon occurred during the early to mid nineteenth century probably as a result of over harvest and stochastic events". Source ODFW website
Oregon Department of Wildlife has the following hunting management goal:
Dept of Herd population survey data should be indicative of a stable or growing population 3-5 years prior to initiation of harvest.
The population should be > 50 animals comprised of at least 15% males.
Harvest should be no greater than 5% of the total population and no more than 50% of the harvest should be adult females.
Keeping the goat in the mountains...
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