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The article you linked to seems to indicate that this is not something you need to worry about very much. Rare and tragic events... ...potentially the first fatal attack by a mountain goat ever recorded. ...officials had known about this aggressive goat from previous reports... ...tissue sample testing might reveal disease or another reason why this goat ...


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While I have not interacted with mountain goats, I used to have a farm with Saanen goats. Goats declare dominance by having the highest position. If they pick high ground and you picker higher ground there will be a problem. A goat will ram you with it's head, or push against you, they are strong and have four feet designed for high traction. You will ...


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The only case I kind find of a human being killed by a mountain goat happened in Olympic National Park in 2010. It seems that attacks extremely rare but have happened. It that particular case the mountain goat was known to harass hikers and had been around humans before. As far as why a mountain goat would take the high ground, its probably just seeking the ...


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Note: I don't have any experience with mountain goats in particular, but have hunted and tracked wild goats from other species. I am assuming that they are similar. Like all goats, there will be signs of their presence in their habitat. The trick is to distinguish this from other animals (e.g. deer) that might inhabit the same area. With mountain goats you ...


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Because they like it. It feels good, so they do it. Many mammals roll in sand or dirt, presumably to keep parasites away or to help dry themselves after exercise or becoming wet. A sand roll, which is a stall or yard covered with deep sand, is traditionally included as part of stable complexes for use by racehorses after exercise.[20] Dust bathing has been ...


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A recent-ish article in the Seattle Times on moving goats out of Olympic National Park covers the situation pretty well. From a helicopter, the goat is either (1) darted, or (2) directly caught in a net. The animal is then made safe for transport, and helicoptered out to a staging area. From there, they are trucked to a final destination.


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I have observed these, I have seen dogs, goats, cats, wolves, etc scraping the ground. In some cases they sat onto it. In some cases they didn't. Following are cases where it makes sense: Sharpening their hooves - Thats one way they sharpen their hooves periodically. I have seen our dog and cat scraping the ground, possibly with an intention to make the ...


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Thank you for the insight here. I just had an experience today that was very similar. I was walking along a desert wash in a VERY remote area (I was the only human within 10 miles) when all of a sudden I saw 6 mountain goats above me. They did not seem to be merely passing through. They all turned and stared me down. I waved at them in a very friendly ...


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