Grand Teton NP Halts Mountain Goat Eradication

Officials at Grand Teton National Park have ended, for now, an effort to kill off the park’s population of nonnative mountain goats. 

       Volunteer hunters killed 43 goats over 6 weeks before an accumulation of snow led officials to end the hunt a couple weeks early because of hunter safety concerns from the snow. 

        Grand Teton wants to eradicate the 100 or so mountain goats because they compete for habitat with a native population of about 100 bighorn sheep and can spread disease to the bighorn. 

       Park officials switched to using hunters on the ground after shooting the goats from a helicopter drew criticism last winter.