Invasive Mtn Goats in GTNP have to go

Aussie_hunter_JD

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 26, 2016
Messages
555
Location
Australia
If you guys are looking to split hairs on technicalities I'll throw one your way.

Whether you have a bighorn living in a range it has always occupied or a bighorn transplanted to Florida it's still native.

The term your searching for is endemic.

I've worked in similar issues, where an Australian native plant species has been for one reason or another introduced to another area within Australia. In that case it's non endemic (not belonging to the area) and in those instances they can do as much or more damage to the environment as a non native species.

Who said an expensive degree in biology/ecology was for nothing! :)
 

MITCHMO

Well-known member
Joined
May 19, 2016
Messages
265
Location
Traverse city
Perhaps there is more to those conversations than you realize ;)

Now that’s funny right there.

I’m the spirit of good humor should I get a shirt that says white lives matter to bring this goat culling issue to the attention of the general public?
 

Aussie_hunter_JD

Well-known member
Joined
Jul 26, 2016
Messages
555
Location
Australia

geetar

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 28, 2019
Messages
875
Location
North Carolina
Interesting read that hit my inbox yesterday.


THE DILEMMA IN GTNP
Feb 20, 2020 Peter Muennich



THE DILEMMA IN GTNP

By :: Pete Muennich

Last October, Grant Teton National Park (GTNP) released its plan to move forward with the removal of the park’s roughly 100 resident mountain goats in an effort to protect their bighorn sheep. The plan approved the use of both lethal and non-lethal removal of the animals. The plan also outlined and authorized the use of qualified volunteers to assist in the ground-based removal, much like what is unfolding this coming summer in Olympic National Park. The park’s final solution was the authorized use of federal helicopter gunning of the mountain goats and to leave them to waste on the landscape.
To RMGA’s disappointment, all approved removal options were bypassed, and the park announced the first week of January they would immediately be utilizing helicopter gunners to kill their goats and to leave them lay on the landscape. The announcement had national backlash and triggered the January 15th letter of opposition of the aerial gunning from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. The state strongly urged the park to slow down and utilize the authorized use of qualified volunteers to ensure the carcasses would not be wasted. The park ignored the letter.
In late February, GTNP ordered helicopter gunners to do their deed. The sharp shooters killed and left to waste 36 animals in one day. That same day afternoon, US Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, demanded an immediate halt to the park’s killing of the resident mountain goats. Governmental and public outcry clearly demonstrated the strong disapproval of the park’s wasteful removal tactics.
GTNP states that in order to protect the bighorn sheep from possible disease transmission from the goats, swift and immediate lethal removal was the best option. RMGA is left to wonder if GTNP ever had any intention to relocate their goats or to utilize volunteers. It seems those options were added to the plan to possibly only gain public support. We are disappointed with the hasty and wasteful lethal removal option the park has chosen.
RMGA is a strong advocate for the protection and conservation of wild sheep across North America. We understand why these steps towards removal were taken to protect GTNP’s native bighorns but wish the National Park would have utilized better approved removal options. We also contemplate the possibility that the park’s sheep may not endure much longer due to the endless increase of human pressure in the park. Will GTNP someday not be home to either sheep or goats?
 

ScottP

Member
Joined
Jan 29, 2013
Messages
292
Location
Oregon
Sad, but unfortunately true. The BHS herd in question is a true native herd (not translocated from other places), hence the extreme action to protect the few remaining animals and the population genetics. But if you look at the amount of overlap and high risk grazing between domestic sheep and BHS across the west, it'll make you cry.

So they want to kill off all the mt goats that don't even inhabit the same section of mountains, but take ages to do anything about domestic sheep sharing the same land across the states??
 

geetar

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 28, 2019
Messages
875
Location
North Carolina
Sad, but unfortunately true. The BHS herd in question is a true native herd (not translocated from other places), hence the extreme action to protect the few remaining animals and the population genetics. But if you look at the amount of overlap and high risk grazing between domestic sheep and BHS across the west, it'll make you cry.
Domestic sheep interaction with wild sheep 😡
 
Top