Mountain Goat Capture and Translocation

Two-Week Mountain Goat Capture and Translocation Operation Complete for 2018

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 114 mountain goats were captured.

Hurricane Ridge Area Impacts


Hurricane Hill Road, beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, remains closed to access past Picnic Area A as the staging area is demobilized. This closure includes the Hurricane Hill Trail. The trail rehabilitation project work resumed after the end of the goat capture period. The trail is scheduled to reopen for use on a rotating basis September 27.

All other trails that were closed for visitor and employee safety during capture operations are now open.

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. Until the United States Forest Service (USFS) signs its ROD, the mountain goat capture and translocation activities will not include USFS wilderness. For this reason, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife (WDFW) will only translocate goats from the park to the non-wilderness release sites within the North Cascades national forests during this first round.

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 https://parkplanning.nps.gov/OLYMgoat.


 

Last updated: September 24, 2018

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