Mountain Goat - The Mountain Goats of British Columbia, Canada - Mountain Goats in BC


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Mountain Goat
Oreamnos americanus


Description - The Mountain Goat, a blunt, squarish-looking animal has a narrow head with slender, black, shiny horns rising in a backward curve to a length of 10-12 inches. The coat is white and on the chin is a double beard of long hair. Weighing an average of 150-300 pounds and reaching heights of 35-45 inches, the mountain goat is sure-footed and agile due to its hooves with cushioned skid-proof pads for grip.

Distribution - The mountain goat lives in rocky mountainous areas above the timberline throughout parts of North America. British Columbia's population is by far the largest at approximately 100,000.

Biology - This mountain goat feeds on alpine grasses and flowers to almost any tree and shrub. The rutting season occurs between November and early January and the young (often twins) is born in May or June. The greatest cause of death for these mountain dwellers is accidents and in the winter when the availability of food is decreased, they are more susceptible to disease, parasites, predators and accidents.

Mountain Goat Tracks

Tracks - The track of the mountain goat is similar to that of the mountain sheep. The toes spread giving the track a square shape with a V in front. The mountain goat tends to drag its feet creating a trough between prints. This is particularily noticeable in the snow.

Straddle: 16 - 18 cm (6.4 - 7.2 in)
Stride: 38 cm (15.2 in)
Track: 6.5 cm (2.6 in) / 3.5 cm (1.4 in)


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