Wildlife Corner: All about goats

By Mike Flunker, Editor-in-Chief

What is that up there on the cliff? A rock? A patch of snow? Or is it North America’s only wild goat?

Mountain goats might look like your average farm goat, but they’re actually more closely related to the native wild goats of Asia instead of domestic goat families. Limited fossil evidence shows that mountain goats arrived in North America nearly two million years ago during the Pleistocene.

With their specialized hooves and powerful neck and shoulders, mountain goats can easily traverse the high peaks where they make their homes. They are able to climb slopes of over 60 degrees.

While they may look cute and cuddly, don’t approach them! Mountain goats will defend their personal space with their sharp horns. It’s best to observe them from a distance.

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