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Grand Teton seeks goat cull help after canceled air shoot

Mountain goats are not native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.(Source: NPS)
Mountain goats are not native to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.(Source: NPS)(KMVT)
Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 12:00 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Grand Teton National Park is seeking volunteers to shoot nonnative mountain goats this fall after calling off a helicopter goat shoot amid criticism from Wyoming’s governor last winter.

Thirty-six of the park’s 100 or so goats were killed before the effort was halted. This time, Gov. Mark Gordon supports the plan to eradicate the goats, which biologists deem a threat to native bighorn sheep because the goats can spread pneumonia.

The latest effort set for Sept. 4-Nov. 13 will involve shooters on the ground, not in aircraft. Participants won’t be allowed to keep the goats for meat or as trophies.

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