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

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.






  1. ProWolf in WY Avatar
    ProWolf in WY

    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. Ralph Maughan Avatar


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

  3. Mary Jo Tannehill Avatar
    Mary Jo Tannehill

    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


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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