Mountain Goat Capture and Translocation

Map of mountain goat removal locations from Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest
Mountain goat removal locations and totals for 2018-2019

NPS Photo/R. Hoffman

Fourth and Final Capture and Translocation Period Now Complete

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

2020 Capture and Translocation update: As of August 7, a total of 51 mountain goats have been captured and translocated to the northern Cascade Mountains in this final round.

Project Results for September 2018 to September 2019

Total Mountain Goats Removed

Translocated to Cascades

Transferred to Zoo

Capture Mortalities


Transport Mortalities

Lethally Removed








Joint NPS-USFS-WDFW News Releases

Map of Closures at Hurricane Ridge for Goat Capture Operations summer 2020
Map of Closures at Hurricane Ridge for Goat Capture Operation planned for late July/early August 2020


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


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 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

2019 Summary

Two, 2-week capture operations occured in 2019.

  • July 2019: 76 mountain goats were translocated.
  • August 2019: 101 mountain goats were translocated.

Since September 2018, a total of 275 mountain goats have been translocated from Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest to the northern Cascade Mountains. An additional two-week capture and translocation period is planned for summer 2020.

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 8, 2020

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