Mountain Goats


The next club meeting will be on Monday, October 29, 2018, with guest speaker Mike Bridger. Mike is one of the government biologists based in Fort St. John. Mike will be talking about the results of the summer 2018 mountain goat (and other species) aerial survey and the wolf capture and collaring program he has been working on.Collage Photo of a Mountain Goat in a Cave and of a Wolf About to Be Captured by a Net GunThe meeting time is 7:00 PM at the NPRGC clubhouse.

Photo of Mountain Goats

Executive Summary 

Mountain goats are considered to be relatively plentiful within the Peace Region; however, there is a clear need to assess the abundance and distribution of this species in order to implement best management practices. To address these knowledge gaps, a 5-year regional population inventory was initiated in 2013. As part of this multi-year project, an aerial survey of mountain goats was conducted July 18th–22nd, 2017 (Year 4 of 5) in Wildlife Management Units 7-50, 7-51, and 7-54 in the Northern Rockies (Muskwa-Tuchodi area) of the Peace Region, British Columbia. During the survey a total of 821 mountain goats were observed, 623 were adults (males and females combined) and 198 were kids (young-of-the-year). A sightability correction factor of 1.54 (assumes 65% of mountain goats were observed) was applied to the total number of mountain goats counted, resulting in a population estimate of 1,264 individuals within the study area. The information obtained from this aerial survey will be used to delineate population management units and better inform management decisions for mountain goats, including sustainable harvest levels.

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