Don’t Allow National Park to Slaughter Mountain Goats

Target: Louise Johnson, Chief of Resource Management, Olympic National Park, Washington

Goal: Do not allow mountain goats to be shot on sight as part of a population management program.

Olympic National Park in Washington State is currently considering a plan that would allow park officials to shoot mountain goats as a means of controlling their population. The goats, which are not native and were introduced to the Olympic Peninsula in the 1920s for hunting purposes, are seen as a potential threat to human visitors and to the park’s fragile ecosystem.

While the mountain goat population should be managed, there are better alternatives to shooting these creatures. Relocating the goats to the North Cascades, where they are native, would help bolster the dwindling goat populations in that region. Additionally, reintroducing native predators such as wolves, which were eliminated from the Olympic Peninsula in the 19th century, could also help manage goat populations.

Shooting goats on sight is an inhumane way to address this serious issue, and overlooks larger conservation goals and discussions that should be happening. Sign this petition to tell park officials that lethal means of control should not be on the table.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Johnson,

The ongoing discussion regarding the mountain goat population in Olympic National Park is important and necessary. Mountain goats are not native to the park, and their presence has strained the local ecosystem. However, using lethal means, including shooting goats, to control the population is inhumane and unnecessary.

We urge you to consider nonlethal alternatives to managing the mountain goat population in your park, including relocating these animals to areas where they are native. We also ask that you consider other options, such as reintroducing native predators such as wolves, which would more efficiently restore the area’s natural balance in the long term.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Dave Grickson/USFWS

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3 Comments

  1. this is unbelievable how are these goats a threat to visitors – and they should not be shot – there are other ways to save these goats – not HUNT them

  2. THE GOATS NEED TO LIVE NOW. END THE KILLINGS OF NATURE EARTH NEEDS NOW.

  3. Diana Sharp says:

    How many of us have actually seen a Mountain Goat in the Wild? I saw one many years ago, can’t remember which Mountain range. But my point is it isn’t often. So there is no over population, they need to be protected as all of our wildlife does.

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