Mountain Goats in 2019 Jasper National Park Wildlife Tours 1

(Oreamnos americanus) MOUNTAIN GOAT

How large is Jasper's Mountain Goat?

  • Mass: 46 - 136 kg
    Length: to 6 ft. (1.8 m)

  • Where do Mountain Goats Live?

  • Wildlife living area: mountains - Mountain goats prefer steep, rocky areas in alpine or sub-alpine regions. They migrate between lowland winter areas and high elevation summer ranges.
    Status: no special status. - The mountain goat has only been slightly affected by humans due to its remote habitat. Recently, however, some populations have received more hunting pressure because of improved road access.

Mountain Goats in 2019 Jasper National Park Wildlife Tours 2

This species is very sensitive to disturbance and slow to respond to management techniques. About 100,000 mountain goats are estimated to live in North America.
Range: Native range is from southeast Alaska to Washington, western Montana, and central Idaho. Introduced in sections of South Dakota, Colorado, and Washington.

Mountain Goats in Canada's Rockies still Carrying their Amazing Winter Coats

Mountain Goat Climbing in the Rocky Mountains

Details on the Mountain Goat in Jasper

Mountain goats are stout bodied with a thick coat made up of white hairs with some brown intermixed dorsally.

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The pure black horns are around 200-300mm long, rather thin, and present on both sexes. Mountain goats have relatively large, oval hooves with an almost rubber-like sole that aids them in climbing steep rock.

They have black glands between their horns that are used to scent mark.

Mountain goat tracks are 2.5 - 3.5 in. (6 - 9 cm.) long and are splayed somewhat in front. This may give the appearance of a 'square' track.

Mountain Goat in Jasper, Alberta

mountain goat tracks - Jasper Wildlife
Mountain Goat Tracks