Mountain goats were never native to Wyoming, although they have become established in YNP-

Mountain goat in Wind River Range. By Mead Gruver. Associated Press writer.

Goats are not native to Wyoming and have never been introduced for fear they will compete with bighorn sheep.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

3 Responses to Mountain goat seen/photographed in Wyoming's Wind River Range

  1. avatar ProWolf in WY says:

    Have there been studies on mountain goats’ impacts in their transplanted ranges? I have no problem with them, but I know how they are invasive on the Olympic Peninsula but didn’t know if they were elsewhere.

  2. ProWolf,

    Yes there is competition between the two animals. It isn’t total, but can be significant.

  3. avatar Mary Jo Tannehill says:

    I am wanting to do a story on the mountain goat that was found by hikers hung by the horns on a wind turbine cable. The report was given on CNN headlines around July or August. I have been unable to find the story itself or any follow up to the event. Do you have any information that might help me in my search? Thank you. Mary Jo



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