There were really two options sheep or goats. From what I am reading, they decided not to put Bighorns in there because of the domestic sheep. It doesn't seem like they tried anything else.The only reason the DWR is planting goats all over is because they can't make anything else work. And that was only after goats across the West started to disperse on their own in a very serious way. I love Goats but they don't belong in the La Sals or several other places they are showing up. They bully mule deer and bighorns off of water, and they are disease vectors as well. Like I said, they have their place.
Very different things. Bighorns retreat much further down the mountain in the winter time, therefor utilizing different plants at different times of the year compared to Mtn Goats. Also Mtn Goats will just camp out on a area for much longer periods of time than sheep. They also occupy higher and rockier areas than sheep, and this is where I see the habitat degradation. They(goats) will eat every shred of vegetation from the rocks in these alpine environments. The more alpine and dry the environment, the more fragile it is, and therefor the more damage that goats can inflict. Goats also have a nasty tenancy of kicking out huge dust beds, in these same fragile environments.So do mtn sheep and mtn goats do different things on the landscape?