(Wyo)-NPS May Move Or Kill Grand Teton Mountain Goats To Protect Bighorn Sheep
MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) - Spotting a mountain goat perched high on a cliff might thrill many visitors to Grand Teton National Park, but park officials say the agile animals might need to go because the 100 or so mountain goats threaten a herd of about 80 bighorn sheep.
The National Park Service is taking public comment on a plan to kill or relocate the mountain goats, or send them to zoos.
The bighorn sheep herd had as many as 125 animals just a few years ago, but has been shrinking under the competition for food from the goats, who are thriving but spread disease
Mountain goats and bighorn sheep are both native to the Rocky Mountain region, but Grand Teton's mountain goats descended from a population introduced outside the park decades ago.
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