• Dave Harmon, PW editor

76 non-native mountain goats removed from Olympic NP in ongoing operation

Seventy-six mountain goats were successfully moved out of Olympic National Park in July/NPS

July operations to relocate mountain goats out of Olympic National Park succeeded in moving 76 of the animals, though another 13 either died or were killed in the process.

The relocation program is designed to eventually remove most, if not all, of the nonnative animals from the national park located on Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. Three of the release sites in the Cascades will be staged from the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie (MBS) National Forest. These sites include the Chikamin area on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Preacher Mountain on the MBS, and Hardscrabble Ridge on an inholding owned by Forterra. Two release areas are near mountain peaks south of the town of Darrington on the Darrington District of the MBS. The other is near Mt. Index on the Skykomish Ranger District of the MBS.

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