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http://www.sltrib.com/home/3514002-155/national-park-officials-plan-to-shoot

"To many, they are treasured wildlife, but to the National Park Service, mountain goats are a potentially invasive species and unwanted itinerants in several Western parks, including Dinosaur National Monument.

A mountain goat appeared in the monument nearly two years ago to the delight of some wildlife watchers, but now NPS officials are looking to shoot it before the goat and others wandering in from artificially established herds in Utah damage resources and disturb Dinosaur's resident bighorn sheep.

Under a draft plan released Feb. 8, the park intends to shoot any wild goats that roam into its boundaries, which straddle the Utah-Colorado line."

"Utah proposed that licensed hunters be allowed to kill goats, but that would violate NPS regulations, which prohibit hunting in parks."

You can voice your opinion to how this should be handled below....

"The purpose of this process is to establish how Dinosaur National Monument will address Rocky Mountain goats that are found in or near the monument boundary.

Please submit your comments on Parkplanning website or send written comments to:

Dinosaur National Monument
c/o Natural Resource Specialist
4545 E. Highway 40
Dinosaur, CO 81610

We would appreciate receiving your comments by March 9 , 2016."

="http://www.nps.gov/dino/learn/news/draftmountaingoatplan.htm
 

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Park officials calling MT Goats an invasive species......if that's not the pot calling the kettle black I don't know what is. I bet the 'resident bighorns' would rather hang out with the goats than Ranger Rick.------SS
 

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As much as it sucks, I kinda think the science is on the NPS side of this debate. Goats are awesome, and ideally they would find a way around the no hunting in the park issue and allow hunters to take the goat(s).
 

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Well, hunting would violate NPS rules, so we'll just have Ranger Rick go kill a goat, with no tag, and then most likely keep it. All the while they will keep intact their 'no hunting' policy.

Friggin tree huggers never make a bit of darn sense! Let someone draw a tag and go kill it.
 

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Wouldn't Ranger Rick shooting the goat still be considered hunting? Or since he is on orders from the NPS it's okay?
 

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gee... I wonder if they are as proactive about other invasive species such as cheat grass and a whole host of other non native plants. the horse and burro problem would be so cool to have on the monument as well... let em see how shooting them would improve their public image. hope they make the goat shooting a public event with the media invited.
 

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Feral horses are an invasive species. Why don't we shoot all of them that aren't in their native habitat?

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If they venture into a national park they just may shoot them.

I wonder why they can't trap and relocate them?

I can see their point. There have been a number of mountain goat that have charged hikers in the news the last couple of years.
 

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Auction off the tag, the winner can be hired by the NPS for a week, therefore they are now Ranger Rick and they can go kill the goat and still keep the no hunting intact, and raise thousands of dollars, that would otherwise be flushed down the drain. Just my .02
 

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If they venture into a national park they just may shoot them.

I wonder why they can't trap and relocate them?

I can see their point. There have been a number of mountain goat that have charged hikers in the news the last couple of years.
those hikers just want to be one with nature. fighting a goat achieves that purpose, right?:p
 

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Even as hunters, are we bloodthirsty enough that we would jump in line to go shoot a bunch of mountain goats just because? And we are ticked/jealous that Ranger Rick gets to kill them instead of us? Are we really at that point?
 
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Even as hunters, are we bloodthirsty enough that we would jump in line to go shoot a bunch of mountain goats just because? And we are ticked/jealous that Ranger Rick gets to kill them instead of us? Are we really at that point?
No, I think we're just adventurous enough to jump in line to hunt a mountain goat just because we love hunting. And I think we figure that if wildlife (a public resource) needs to be removed/killed, why not let a member of the public do it? Wouldn't it benefit a member of the public more than Ranger Rick?
 

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This isn't sounding much like a warm and fuzzy, pose for pictures kind of deal. It is about wiping out a localized population. So when you find them, shoot, shoot, and keep on shooting until the entire herd is down. Billys. Nannys. Kids. All of them. Wipe them all out.

To me, the bigger question is why the goats aren't trapped and relocated to the Stansberries, or Wasatch, or .... or.... or.....
 
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This isn't sounding much like a warm and fuzzy, pose for pictures kind of deal. It is about wiping out a localized population. So when you find them, shoot, shoot, and keep on shooting until the entire herd is down. Billys. Nannys. Kids. All of them. Wipe them all out.

To me, the bigger question is why the goats aren't trapped and relocated to the Stansberries, or Wasatch, or .... or.... or.....
^^^ This ^^^
 

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My impression is that it is only a few individual goats. I can only see confirmed 1. Not exactly cost effective for relocation which would likely be why Utah and Colorado both passed on that option.
 

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Only one?

That would bring huge money. Maybe even set a record.
 
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