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    1 - Mountain Goat, Oreamnos americanus, adult male. The popular Switchback trail to Klahane Ridge is steep and narrow in spots.

    07/05/2009 Klahhane Switchback Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    2 - Mountain Goat, adult female with nursing kid. The heavily travelled Sunrise Ridge Trail is narrow and runs along a steep-sided ridge.

    06/27/2009 Sunrise Ridge Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    3 - Mountain Goat, adult females with kids.

    06/27/2009 Sunrise Ridge Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    4 - Mountain Goat hair caught on a trailside tree branch.

    07/08/2014 Hurricane Hill Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    5 - Mountain Goats, male, female and kid.

    08/16/2009 Mt. Ellinor Trail, Mount Skokomish Wilderness, Washington

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    6 - Mountain Goat kid.

    08/16/2009 Mt. Ellinor Trail, Mount Skokomish Wilderness, Washington

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    7 - Mountain Goat kid.

    06/23/2015 Hurricane Hill Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    8 - Mountain Goat, adult male track.

    07/05/2009 Klahhane Switchback Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    9 - Mountain Goat.

    07/01/2013 Sunrise Ridge Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    10 - Mountain Goat, adult female with radio collar.

    06/27/2009 Sunrise Ridge Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

A few Mountain Ggoats, Oreamnos americanus, were introduced to the Olympic Peninsula in the mid 1920’s. While native to the Rocky Mountains, the Cascades and the Coast Range, they never occurred naturally in the Olympics. With a dramatically increased population, they trample and wallow in high meadows and threaten endemic plants. They also prefer to travel along trails, the same ones tourists and hikers use, and confrontations can be dangerous.

In 2018, Olympic National Park released a management plan for Mountain Goats (Final Mountain Goat Management Plan).

“An Analysis of the Mountain Goat Issue in Olympic National Park,” Olympic Park Associates, 1995

Mountain Goats in Olympic National Park: Biology and Management of an Introduced Species

Mountain Goats are not closely related to domestic goats, and their genetic relationships to other members of the family Bovidae remains in some dispute.