And they were destroying native vegetation.adamschneider wrote: ↑July 29th, 2020, 7:33 pmThe bigger reason is that mountain goats are not native to the Olympics; people put them there so they could shoot them.
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I did some googling and learned that:
1) The goats that are in the Elkhorn Range now are there because of reintroductions in 1983 & 1986.
2) Those reintroductions were based on a GUESS that there had historically been naturally-occurring mountain goats up there. It's not conclusive. But apparently they figured, "ah, what the hell, people love seeing goats."
Pretty good overview here: https://www.bakercityherald.com/archive ... ba432.html