I believe that it actually is about opportunity. I've heard that there was a big push by several groups to allow sportsmen some opportunity.I've only heard about this hunt and the goat management in the park in passing. This page helped me to understand what's going on quite a bit- https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/mountain-goat-capture-and-translocation.htm
Maybe someone here knows, but I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around WHY they're going this direction, rather than straight to aerial gunning. They explicitly say that hunting is not allowed in the park, and you can tell that they're make sure to never call this a hunt anywhere. It doesn't feel to me like this is a token gift sportsman to give them an opportunity. Is it a cost thing? Helicopter time isn't cheap. Is it a visibility issue, with wanting to remove these goats in off-visitor season?
I'm not against it, I'm just curious to know what pushed them in this direction, compared to what happened in the Tetons. No doubt they'll eventually have to go to aerial gunning. Even in the Tendoys they weren't able to remove all the sheep by using hunters, and this is MUCH more extreme terrain for hunters to get around in.
I do appreciate that they've been taking so many goats across the sound to the Cascades. That's a huge population to kill off. Would have been really cool to have some of them brought over to Northern Idaho and NW Montana where native populations are circling the drain.
They're getting to the point where it's getting pretty hard to capture them, they've gone into the steep stuff were you just can't net them safely. Aerial gunning will definitely be used to cleanup the stragglers.