Mountain Goat Capture and Translocation

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

Hurricane Ridge Area Impacts


Hurricane Hill Road, beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center parking lot, will be closed to all access during the operational periods. This closure includes the Hurricane Hill Trail, Little River Trail, and Wolf Creek Trail.

Klahhane Ridge may close temporarily for visitor and employee safety during capture operations.

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

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 114 mountain goats were captured. 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: June 10, 2019

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