Utah Mountain Goat Statewide Management Plan
“The National Parks Service is on a mission to eradicate wild goats from Teton and Yellowstone Parks, based on “competition”. Utah disagrees with their premise.
Quoting Utah’s goat management plan, “Even where both (bighorn and goats) are present, resource partitioning (competition) appears to minimize conflicts (Laundre 1994). Specifically, there is enough disparity in site selection, seasonal use, and forage preference such that range overlap does not result in as much direct competition as expected when each species’ habitat requirements are considered separately.”
NOTE: this paper was originally published to Wildlife.Utah.gov