I love them, too!Week 34: Displaced Mountain Goat--While descending from the summit of Mt Margaret, a small peak in the Washington Cascades, we found this wonderful friend bedding down on our trail. His collar suggests he is one of the goats translocated from the Olympic Mountains to the Cascades. We had to displace him as well as there was not room on the ridge for us to find an alternate route down. Mountain goats are one of my favorite animals so this was a special treat for me.
View attachment 1668452Displaced Mountain Goat by urbanflyer, on Flickr
My 81 year old husband has two knee replacements, the 1st about age 70 and the second last year--It has enabled us to keep hiking, day trips, not the same week long backpacks we did 20 years ago though. Ah, well, we age and adjust.Beautiful and interesting shots, Judith.
How I wish my knees are 100% healty again.
Goats are big and powerful and have been known to kill people when pressed. Just like bison in Yellowstone, you want to keep your distance and be wary. Those that have been translocated are often not to skittish around people. We kept our distance and ultimately had to throw rocks close to him to get him to move along. It was truly wonderful to see him/her.Oh, how cool! He looks large in the photo. I've never seen a mountain goat up close and in person. Was he nice and cooperative in moving out of the way so that you could continue your way back down the trail?!