Monday, March 1, 2010

Goatucation: Further Study of The Mountain Goat

It's time for Goatucation and today I am going to further goatucate you on the subject of my wild cousin, the mountain goat. I personally have never met one of my mountain goat cousins but the publicist and the male person did run into some when they visited Glacier National Park here in Montana. It's a very beautiful place - or so they said. This is one of their favorite scenes from the park. It's St. Mary's Lake....


But I digress.
The mountain goat is also called the Rocky Mountain Goat and it is only found in North America. Both nannies and billied grow horns just like us Nigerian Dwarf goats. Mountain goats grow a nice thick fur to help keep them warm in the winter; they can withstand temperatures to -50° F and winds up to 100 MPH. Brrrrr!

 Billy goats weigh from 100 - 300 pounds with the nanny goats being around 25% less. They are about 3 feet tall at the shoulders. If I weren't so in love with my studmuffin I might just find a goat like this veeeerrrrryyyy attractive.

 
Mountain goats are found in the Rocky and Cascade Mountain ranges in Northern Washington, Idaho and Montana through British Columbia and Alberta and the Chugach Mountains in Alaska.  Some of my white, furry cousins have been transplanted into Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and other places.
Hmmmm, I would like to see other places. I wonder how I can arrange something like that.

As you can see the mountain goat looks very different from a Nigerian Dwarf goat but they are still cute.
 
I hope you enjoyed learning more about my wild cousins. The publicist took these photos when she visited Glacier. She says it's beautiful and if you are ever in Montana you should visit.


I think she should take me there for a visit so I could meet my cousins! Wouldn't that be fun?

15 comments:

  1. I have been to Glacier National Park and it's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen!!!!

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  2. we drove from vancouver to lake louis in banff and we saw mountian goats everywhere. they were eating the road! i think they were sucking on the salt left from winter. that is one BEAUTIFUL place!

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  3. I saw wild mountain goats once at the Grand Canyon!I will never forget that day!

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  4. would love to see one in person...

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  5. I've seen these goats (or their relatives) along the roadside near the Chugach mountains here in Alaska.

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  6. Oh getting to see one of those relatives of yours would be fun!

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  7. Wow...those photos are absolutely stunning! Looks like another place to add to my Bucket List.

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  8. ok...i am stupid. i did not know that amazon had groceries. i am sooo there. if they ship for free for over 25.00, i may never grocery shop again! unreal the things i am not aware of!

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  9. so i just checked out amazon...OMG!!!! how could i not know this. i have to look more when i have the time but their prices look good too. is the free shipping the super shipping? tell me everything else that i don't know. i live in a bubble!

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  10. Beautiful photos ~ Ahhhh, Yes, Calgon take me away!! Happy Monday and Happy March - it is National Women's History Month!!

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  11. Those pictures are breathtaking. I need a vacation. Can I stay with your cousins??

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  12. I appreciate the comment about banding. I am torn. Several friends who band have told me about how easy it is, but after reading the Fiasco site and talking to a local goat-raising family here I am not sure what to think. I guess both camps have their points. Please tell me more-I want to make the best decision for the baby boy, least pain, least side effects...

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  13. Glacier National Park looks beautiful! We saw some mountain goats in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado before. It was fun learning more about your cousins!

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  14. I always get excited when I see goats in the wild. But then again, I get excited over deer too. It doesn't take much to make me happy.

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  15. But what if one of those stud muffins swept you off your feet?? Then what about being the spokes goat?

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