Outdoors Digest

Posted: Sunday, October 30, 2005

Fish and Game to study mountain goats

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has initiated a four-year mountain goat research project in the mountains east of the Lynn Canal, between Dayebas Creek-Mount Villard and Berners Bay.

The department asks hunters to avoid harvesting radio-collared goats. Hunters should easily recognized the bright orange radio collars and orange ear tags.

If an accidental harvest occurs, meat should not be consumed before contacting biologists. Radio collars of harvested goats should be returned to Fish and Game offices in Douglas or Haines.

During October, biologists captured 22 goats as part of the department's study. The project is focused on characterizing habitat-use patterns, body condition, reproductive success, survival and population dynamics of mountain goats in the context of existing and proposed mining and highway construction activities. Results will assist Fish and Game in future management and conservation strategies.

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