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Area goat hunters are on track to bag about as many of the mountain-climbing ungulates as they have in recent years.
Some 30 goats have been taken so far this season in Game Unit 1-C, the mainland area around Juneau, which includes Tracy Arm, the Taku River area and west Lynn Canal.
"Last year and the year before it was about 40 and we expect to get about 40 by the end of the month," said Tom Paul of the state Department of Fish and Game. Factors in the hunt include whether there's enough snow to push goats down the mountains and enough good weather for hunters to want to venture out.
About three-quarters of the harvest takes place south of town, around Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm. The upper Taku and Berners Bay get most of the rest.
Four goats were taken on the west side of Lynn Canal this year, the first bagged in more than a decade, Paul said. The department opened up hunting in the area Sept. 1, which is earlier than usual.
In Game Unit 1-D, the Haines-Skagway area, 14 goats have been killed so far. The usual number is in the low to mid 20s, Paul said. "We also expect that to get up to around the 25 level. The season there is open to end of December," he said.
One goat was also taken in a bow-hunting area just south of Juneau, the same number as last year.