Mountain Goat Capture and Translocation

Two mountain goats in slings under a helicopter being set down into the back of a truck.
Captured mountain goats from Olympic National park being delivered to a staging area where they are cared for by veterinarians and then transported in refrigeraterd trucks to the northern Cascade Mountains for release.

NPS Photo - J. Burger


Two 2-Week Mountain Goat Capture and Translocation Operations Planned for 2019: July 8-19 and August 16-30

Check Out a Short NPS Movie on Moving Mountain Goats on our YouTube channel

Joint NPS-USFS-WDFW News Release - July 23, 2019

Joint NPS-USFS-WDFW News Release - June 27, 2019

July Operation Summary: Despite the clouds and rainy weather, 76 mountain goats from Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest were released in the northern Cascade Mountains. Since September 2018, 174 mountain goats have been translocated to the northern Cascade Mountains.

Visitor Impacts for August Operation

Hurricane Ridge Area

  • Hurricane Hill Road (beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center parking lot) is closed to all access during both operational periods in July and August.
  • Hurricane Hill Road will be open up to Picnic Area A on August 15 during the setup of the staging area. The road will then be closed completely beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor from August 16-30 for mobilization, capture operations, and demobilization. This closure includes the Hurricane Hill Trail, Little River Trail, and Wolf Creek Trail.

Open Trails at Hurricane Ridge:

  • Cirque Rim - 0.5 mile easy paved trail with mountain and water views.
  • Big Meadow - 0.25-mile easy, paved trail with nice mountain views.
  • High Ridge - 0.5-mile loop climbs 220 feet to 360-degree views.
  • Sunrise Point - 0.1-mile spur to an overlook; from High Ridge trail.
  • Klahhane Ridge/Sunrise Ridge Trail - 2.8 miles to Klahhane Switchback trail.
  • Switchback (lower section), Lake Angeles and Heather Park Trails
  • Obstruction Point Road and trails
Map of Closures at Hurricane Ridge for Goat Capture Operations July 11-19
Map of Current Closures at Hurricane Ridge for Goat Capture Operations July 2019



Project Background

The National Park Service released its Record of Decision (ROD) for the Mountain Goat Management Plan/Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in late June 2018. The United States Forest Service (USFS) signed its ROD in December 2018, which allows the mountain goat capture and translocation activities to now include USFS wilderness.

While mountain goats are not native to the Olympic Peninsula, they are native to the North Cascades Mountains but exist in low numbers in many areas. Both the USFS and the WDFW have long been interested in restoring mountain goats to these depleted areas.

The EIS, ROD, and other reference documents can be found on the NPS Planning Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) website at

2018 Operation Summary

The 2-week capture activities ended September 23 and the final translocation by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife took place on September 24. A total of 115 mountain goats were removed from the park. The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) only translocated mountain goats from the park to the non-wilderness release sites within the North Cascades national forests during this first round.

Last updated: August 5, 2019

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