Utah mountain goats released in Black Hills
RAPID CITY (AP) — Mountain goats from Utah have been released in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
The 22 mountain goats captured from Utah’s Tushar Mountains were released as part of a study to increase the genetic diversity of South Dakota’s population.
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Regional Game Manager John Kanta says the goats were vaccinated, measured and tested for diseases. All yearling and adult mountain goats received ear tags.
Kanta says the mountain goats will be monitored for survival and transplant success. He says the information also will be used to enhance an aerial survey to develop estimates of the goat population. Kanta says the Midwest Wild Sheep Foundation and the Greater Dacotah Chapter of Safari Club International provided money to help capture the mountain goats and fit then with radio collars.