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ONP issues goat management plan proposals

July 22nd, 2014 - 5:31am

(Port Angeles) - Four years after a mountain goat fatally gored a hiker in Olympic National Park, officials are looking at ways to manage mountain goats to protect public safety and the environment.

The National Park Service is evaluating different approaches, including capturing and relocating the goats to the Washington Cascades, increasing hazing activities, killing them, or some combination of options.

Concerns over managing the goats have increased since 2010, when 63-year-old Bob Boardman of Port Angeles was fatally gored by a mountain goat on a popular trail in Olympic National Park.

ONP spokesperson Barb Maynes says the park has scheduled public scoping meetings will be held August 11-12, 2014, in Seattle and Olympia. Locally, the third public meeting will take place from 5-7 PM on Wednesday, August 13th, at the Port Angeles Public Library.

The goats were introduced to the Olympic Mountains in the 1920s, before the park was established. About 300 roam the park.

Park officials used helicopters in the 1980s to capture and remove the goats because they were damaging the park's fragile alpine areas and soil.

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