There's an over abundance of goats up there on the Ogden unit. They thrive up there. The hunt on that unit isn't all that hard especially since there are goats around every corner. I support them moving the goats to help other herds or start new ones. I think 2 years ago the sent some down to the la sals east of Moab AND CREATED A NEW HERD!!!!!! Good move dwr!!!!!
What is your "good" move thoughts on all the moose they took from the ogden several years ago and transplanted elsewhere in another state? We spent several days watching as helicopters flew dozens of them out of the unit in big nets.
Im nit saying it cannot use to loose some goats, because there are a lot, but the moose thing was a joke.
We did my dad's OIAL goat hunt on the beaver unit smack dab in the middle of them air lifting tons of goats for the la Sal transfer. At first we were miffed thinking it would be an interference, but we quickly realized it was no big deal. I fully support transplanting goats from healthy populations to create new ones. They seem to handle the strain really well.
I don't think the moose transplants really have any bearing on the thread topic. But, if we are going rhere, it's not the moose transplants that are dropping the moose numbers in this state. It's the **** parasites and liver flukes. The transplanting had nothing to do with that.
There's an obvious supply and demand issue with mountain goats. Establishing new herds and augmenting existing herds to bring them to huntable levels is awesome. Big picture: mountain goat numbers in Utah have more than tripled in the last 20 years and more than doubled in the last 15. Yeah it temporarily sucks for the guys putting in for the high density units the goats are taken from, but in the long run, these goats are still huntable, just in different places where they can supplement low density units. Did I mention it gets people though the OIL applicant pool faster?
More goats... win
More huntable units... win.
More tags in the pot... win.
Applicants get through OIL pool faster... win
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