Category: Wildlife Research
Published: December 20, 2018
Author(s): Patti Happe and Rich Harris
On June 18, 2018, after years of planning and extensive public review, the regional director of the U.S. National Park Service signed a Record of Decision, authorizing the beginning of a plan to remove mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) from Olympic National Park (as well as adjacent portions of the Olympic National Forest). For the first few years of this work, the approved plan calls for most mountain goats to be captured live and transported to staging areas on the Olympic Peninsula where they would formally become the responsibility of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). From these staging areas, mountain goats would then be transported to pre-selected staging areas in the North Cascades, and then brought to release locations where they would be returned to the wild.
Details of the rationale and plans are contained in the Final Environmental Impact Statement and the Record of Decision (both available at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=49246). This report provides an overview of the capture and translocation efforts during the first fieldwork bout in September 2018. Future progress reports will cover activities during 2019. Technical reports for the scientific literature will follow as appropriate.