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ONP issues animal warning

August 8th, 2014 - 5:46am

(Port Angeles) – Olympic National Park is warning visitors to stay away from animals in the park, especially mountain goats.

The park yesterday issued a release reminding visitors to stay at least 50 yards away from wildlife. Park regulations require visitors to move if an animal comes within 50 yards of them.

Park officials say attacks are rare, but can happen. A Port Angeles man was gored to death by a mountain goat in 2010.

But park superintendent Sarah Creachbaum says even smaller animals can cause a hazard, especially for children.

A mountain goat census conducted three years ago showed the population was increasing at an annual rate of approximately 5% since 2004.

The National Park Service is preparing an environmental impact statement for Mountain Goat Management in Olympic National Park and currently accepting public comments regarding a set of preliminary alternative concepts for managing the park’s non-native mountain goats.


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