Colorado Officials Say Visitors Getting Way Too Close To Mountain Goats

Colorado Officials Say Visitors Getting Way Too Close To Mountain Goats

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Colorado Officials Say Visitors Getting Way Too Close To Mountain Goats

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Colorado parks and wildlife officials are stepping up on their hazing program using loud noises and paintball guns to try to discourage mountain goats from hanging around the busy parking lots at the top of Mount Evans but the goats aren’t getting the picture and tourists are getting dangerously close to the seemingly tame animals. USFS worker Patrick Shaw had this to say about the problem:

“It’s a lot of one time visitors up here. They just aren’t thinking, they are on vacation mode. This is their home, we need to respect that.”
Unfortunately, over the years the goats have become habituated to human presence and show no fear, even walking right up to people but park officials warn there have been cases of goats attacking hikers in Colorado, especially when they have young around. The best thing you can do as a visitor is to give all wildlife a respectful amount of space and bring a zoom lens for your camera.

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