Park faces its mountain goat problem | Local

SEATTLE — Olympic National Park officials are weighing several ­options to remove ­mountain goats from the park, including a plan to capture and ­relocate as many of the animals as possible and shooting others.

In releasing a draft environmental review last week, park officials said the plan will allow them to reduce environmental impacts and protect public safety.

Mountain goats, which are not native to Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, long have posed a ­problem for the park. The ­fatal goring of a hiker in 2010 raised fresh concerns.

The park’s preferred ­alternative calls for capturing and relocating goats to national forests in the North Cascade Mountains, where mountain goats are native, and then switching to lethal removal when capturing isn’t possible.

Three other options include killing the goats using shotguns and high-powered rifles from helicopters; relocating them; or taking no action.

“It’s a real plus to be able to move them from the Olympics, where they’re not native, to areas of the North Cascades,” said Louise Johnson, the park’s chief of resources management.

Taking no action means the park…

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