Hostile mountain goats close popular Idaho trail

The US Forest Service has announced the temporary closure of the popular Scotchman Peak Trail in Northern Idaho due to aggressive mountain goats.

Herd of mountain goats.

Herd of mountain goats. Image by Anne Swoboda / CC BY-SA 2.0

In June a hiker was bitten by a hostile mountain goat, and there have been other reports of goats trying to charge and head-butt people. The Forest Service said the behavior is likely tied to hikers who have been feeding the goats, and the animals have adapted to aggressively seek food. A spokesperson for Idaho Panhandle National Forests said they hope the closure will allow the goats to find new sources of food and regain their natural fear of humans. Read more:

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