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ISSUE 106

MRS: Colorado Goat

Mountain goats are relative newcomers to Colorado—they were transplanted during six transplant operations between 1948 and 1972. The 55-60 original transplant animals grew to a statewide population estimate of 1550 post-hunt in 2016. Goats are tricky to manage and populations can be up and down quite a bit. Typically, only one kid is born and kid mortality is high so populations do not recover quickly. Shooting nannies makes it tough to grow and hunters should learn how to tell a billy from a nanny. Golden eagles are threats to kids as are mountain lions in some places. Sheep and goat are forage competitors, so you’ll most likely see one or the other but not usually both.