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Mountain Goat Eradication?

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In September, 2018, Eastman’s Official Blog reported on what amounts to the largest mountain goat relocation project in American history in Washington’s Olympic National Park (“ONP”).   That project, scheduled to continue through 2020, quite possibly could result in several hundred mountain goats being eradicated if they cannot all be relocated to Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. On the heels of that announcement, officials are now considering the same fate for a growing population of mountain goats in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons based at least in part on the argument that the mountain goats may “possibly” have negative impacts on the native Teton Range bighorn sheep herd.

Public comments on all the proposals are being accepted through January 6, 2019.  At this time, the website (https://parkplanning.nps.gov/mountaingoat) for reviewing the proposals and submitting comments is not operable.  The National Park Service proposes three alternatives: 1) no action; 2) lethal and non-lethal removal of the mountain goats; and 3) lethal removal of all the mountain goats.  

This issue is not new to the Grand Tetons.  In 2013-2014 officials began looking at the implications of mountain goats moving into the Grand Tetons and how their presence may impact bighorn populations.  In 2014 officials believed that the Grand Tetons could support 250-400 mountain goats if left to their own devices. Rough estimates of the population now indicate about 100 mountain goats call the Grand Tetons home.

The formal position taken by officials is that the herd of mountain goats in the Grand Tetons possibly poses a threat to the native bighorn herds, but those same officials reluctantly admit that while the bighorn population in the area is declining they cannot identify the exact cause of why that is happening.

The Grand Tetons and Olympic National Park mountain goat issues beg some interesting questions.  Are we seeing a trend with park and wildlife officials and biologists being too quick to literally pull the trigger on one game species for the benefit of another?  If that is the case, we need to slow them down and make sure the science supports such drastic measures. Right now, there appears to be only a “possibility” that the Grand Teton herd of mountain goats is one potential cause of the declining bighorn herd.  Of more significance are the domestic animals and human encroachment on the wildlife as a whole. The Grand Teton herd is isolated because of human encroachment, which is causing the competition for resources in the first place.

Also, are we seeing the impact of prior relocation efforts coming back to haunt us?  The Grand Teton herd of mountain goats is believed to have started through relocation efforts by the State of Idaho in the 1960s.  Obviously, those relocation efforts worked if the population grew to this level.

And are we looking at a situation where we should act now while relocation efforts are manageable?  Or do we “wait and see”? Olympic National Park is looking at relocating 750 mountain goats in a three year span.  With the amount of information currently available given the year-to-year population counts, the Grand Teton mountain goat herd could explode in the next few years and make lethal removal almost certain.  Do we want that?

Nobody likes the thought of declining populations of any game animal, especially one as rare as bighorn sheep.  But shooting a mountain goat from a helicopter and leaving the meat to rot is not a very appealing concept, either.  

 

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Posted from: https://blog.eastmans.com/mountain-goat-eradication/

In September, 2018, Eastman’s Official Blog reported on what amounts to the largest mountain goat relocation project in American history in Washington’s Olympic National Park (“ONP”).   That project, scheduled to continue through 2020, quite possibly could result in several hundred mountain goats being eradicated if they cannot all be relocated to Washington State’s Cascade Mountains. On the heels of that announcement, officials are now considering the same fate for a growing population of mountain goats in Wyoming’s Grand Tetons based at least in part on the argument that the mountain goats may “possibly” have negative impacts on the native Teton Range bighorn sheep herd.

Public comments on all the proposals are being accepted through January 6, 2019.  At this time, the website (https://parkplanning.nps.gov/mountaingoat) for reviewing the proposals and submitting comments is not operable.  The National Park Service proposes three alternatives: 1) no action; 2) lethal and non-lethal removal of the mountain goats; and 3) lethal removal of all the mountain goats.  

This issue is not new to the Grand Tetons.  In 2013-2014 officials began looking at the implications of mountain goats moving into the Grand Tetons and how their presence may impact bighorn populations.  In 2014 officials believed that the Grand Tetons could support 250-400 mountain goats if left to their own devices. Rough estimates of the population now indicate about 100 mountain goats call the Grand Tetons home.

The formal position taken by officials is that the herd of mountain goats in the Grand Tetons possibly poses a threat to the native bighorn herds, but those same officials reluctantly admit that while the bighorn population in the area is declining they cannot identify the exact cause of why that is happening.

The Grand Tetons and Olympic National Park mountain goat issues beg some interesting questions.  Are we seeing a trend with park and wildlife officials and biologists being too quick to literally pull the trigger on one game species for the benefit of another?  If that is the case, we need to slow them down and make sure the science supports such drastic measures. Right now, there appears to be only a “possibility” that the Grand Teton herd of mountain goats is one potential cause of the declining bighorn herd.  Of more significance are the domestic animals and human encroachment on the wildlife as a whole. The Grand Teton herd is isolated because of human encroachment, which is causing the competition for resources in the first place.

Also, are we seeing the impact of prior relocation efforts coming back to haunt us?  The Grand Teton herd of mountain goats is believed to have started through relocation efforts by the State of Idaho in the 1960s.  Obviously, those relocation efforts worked if the population grew to this level.

And are we looking at a situation where we should act now while relocation efforts are manageable?  Or do we “wait and see”? Olympic National Park is looking at relocating 750 mountain goats in a three year span.  With the amount of information currently available given the year-to-year population counts, the Grand Teton mountain goat herd could explode in the next few years and make lethal removal almost certain.  Do we want that?

Nobody likes the thought of declining populations of any game animal, especially one as rare as bighorn sheep.  But shooting a mountain goat from a helicopter and leaving the meat to rot is not a very appealing concept, either.  

 

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8 New Year’s Resolutions for Deer Hunters

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Ep. 263: Reviewing Trends from the 2018 Whitetail Season

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Today is the final part of our two-part 2018 review and in this episode Spencer and I review trends and observations about the 2018 deer hunting season across the country. Subjects Discussed Revisiting a few of the big takeaways from…

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18 Baby Names Perfect for Your Little Outdoorsman

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If you’re expecting a baby boy this year, consider these 18 baby names that reflect the joy of the outdoors.

Are you expecting a baby boy in the future? Maybe you’re doing everything you can persuade your spouse to consider some baby names that are hunting or fishing-related.

Regardless of your situation, here are the best baby names for your future little outdoorsman. He will be cute, cuddly and rugged all at the same time. Many of these may need no explanation; however, some may need some investigating to get to the full meaning.

1. Hunter

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Okay, so this one is plain and simple, but it’s still a cute name for your little peanut.

2. Mariner

Mariner is a Celtic baby name meaning “lives by the sea.”

3. Bowman

Two words put together to make one unique name for your bundle of joy.

4. Remington

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Jessica Myers Photography

Not only is this just a name of one of the largest firearm manufacturers, but it’s quite the common first name for many boys born in the ’90’s.

5. Scout

“Hey Scout!” Not to be confused with Scott. Although I could see this being more of a nickname than a baby name. Either way, given this name, he’s bound to be on a journey full of adventure.

6. Colt

Has anyone ever seen the “3 Ninja’s” move series growing up? No? Well, one of the little ninjas was Colt and although you may not be having a ninja baby, if you are a cowboy or into horses or want to relate it to the revolver, this is a name for you new son.

7. Miles

The Latin meaning of ‘Miles’ is soldier. A soldier can be more than one who heads off to war, but someone who conquers challenges. Soldiers in our military are what allow us to hunt and fish and live with freedom so never to take away from the respect of our men and women who serve, many times hunters are soldiers.

Those who head out into the woods with a pack and a weapon, fighting the altitude, weather and terrain to hunt and harvest an animal of a lifetime too is much like a soldier, and Miles, well, Miles is a soldier.

8. Easton

Pronounced, spelled and sounding just like the archery arrow manufacturer, because that’s where we got it from.

9. Oakley

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This name is very unique and in some countries is a unisex name, for both girls and boys. There’s more to it than a fancy pair of sunglasses, as it’s true meaning is “A Field of Oak Trees”. Earth, nature and the outdoors, just where most fishermen and hunters like to spend their time.

10. Tanner

There are those who think immediately of the Tanner Family from Full House and if you weren’t, I may have just ruined it for you. If you’re still interested, when someone in taxidermy prepares an animal hide, they “tan” the hide. You little boy may just grow up to be the next best taxidermist with a very ironic first name for the job.

11. Dallas

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According to the Name Meaning Website, Dallas means “Wise, Meadow Stance.” I first thought of the name when my younger sister told me she was moving to Houston and instead of saying, “Congratulations! Good luck!” I said, “Awesome, make some friends who have hunting property!” Then I soon began searching the internet at places to hunt in Texas and many times found myself looking at flights into Dallas, TX.

I’m not sure why my mind thinks in this way, but regardless, if you name your newborn Dallas and he grows to have hunting property, don’t forget me and be sure to remember where the name idea came from!

12. Forrest/Forest

I like the double “r” here more than one, but however you spell it, let’s keep it related to the outdoors and not Forrest Gump! Your little one may not be a runner, but surely will love the outdoors if given the opportunity to.

13. Gauge

We understand the name “Double Barrel” or “Over-Under” wouldn’t suffice, and plus, Gauge just sounds like a really cool name. If you relate it to your shotgun or name your future son, Gauge is unique and a great name for the future outdoorsman.

14. Archer

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He may end up being more into firearms or fishing, but either way, Archer will be an outdoorsman and he will look good in that cute little camo onesie you got him for his ride home from the hospital.

15. Drake

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If you’re listening to the radio, you may be thinking of the hip-hop artist Drake, but I can assure you we’re relating this to the male duck, which happens to be the same name of your new little duckling.

16. Cam

Just because the term “String” and “Limb” didn’t work when we were naming parts of a compound bow. Cam. It’s got a nice ring to it.

17. Fletcher

So he may not grow up to own a pro shop and cut arrows, but he can always stand proud with the name Fletcher. Steer him into the right path, or flight, when the stork drops off your newborn.

18. Wyatt

This baby name has been popular this part year, signifying strength and bravery. Hunters and fisherman both go that extra mile for their adrenaline rush and harvest as they make their way against mother nature. They, like their parents, are strong minded and goal oriented and Wyatt, will be no different.

It’s not doubt if you are having a new baby, you have spent some time on the internet or in baby name books looking for that perfect match.

If you’re a couple who loves the outdoors or individually trying to convince your spouse to keep the name related to hunting or fishing, these are just a few to get you started. It may not be as easy as naming a puppy or kitten, but it will be as special if not more special.

Did you find one you like? Do you know someone who could use this list? Or is your very own name on this list? Be sure to comment and let us know if you have any more to add to the list as well.

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If you’re expecting a baby boy this year, consider these 18 baby names that reflect the joy of the outdoors.

Are you expecting a baby boy in the future? Maybe you’re doing everything you can persuade your spouse to consider some baby names that are hunting or fishing-related.

Regardless of your situation, here are the best baby names for your future little outdoorsman. He will be cute, cuddly and rugged all at the same time. Many of these may need no explanation; however, some may need some investigating to get to the full meaning.

1. Hunter

baby names 2016
Pinterest

Okay, so this one is plain and simple, but it’s still a cute name for your little peanut.

2. Mariner

Mariner is a Celtic baby name meaning “lives by the sea.”

3. Bowman

Two words put together to make one unique name for your bundle of joy.

4. Remington

baby names 2016
Jessica Myers Photography

Not only is this just a name of one of the largest firearm manufacturers, but it’s quite the common first name for many boys born in the ’90’s.

5. Scout

“Hey Scout!” Not to be confused with Scott. Although I could see this being more of a nickname than a baby name. Either way, given this name, he’s bound to be on a journey full of adventure.

6. Colt

Has anyone ever seen the “3 Ninja’s” move series growing up? No? Well, one of the little ninjas was Colt and although you may not be having a ninja baby, if you are a cowboy or into horses or want to relate it to the revolver, this is a name for you new son.

7. Miles

The Latin meaning of ‘Miles’ is soldier. A soldier can be more than one who heads off to war, but someone who conquers challenges. Soldiers in our military are what allow us to hunt and fish and live with freedom so never to take away from the respect of our men and women who serve, many times hunters are soldiers.

Those who head out into the woods with a pack and a weapon, fighting the altitude, weather and terrain to hunt and harvest an animal of a lifetime too is much like a soldier, and Miles, well, Miles is a soldier.

8. Easton

Pronounced, spelled and sounding just like the archery arrow manufacturer, because that’s where we got it from.

9. Oakley

baby names 2016
Pinterest

This name is very unique and in some countries is a unisex name, for both girls and boys. There’s more to it than a fancy pair of sunglasses, as it’s true meaning is “A Field of Oak Trees”. Earth, nature and the outdoors, just where most fishermen and hunters like to spend their time.

10. Tanner

There are those who think immediately of the Tanner Family from Full House and if you weren’t, I may have just ruined it for you. If you’re still interested, when someone in taxidermy prepares an animal hide, they “tan” the hide. You little boy may just grow up to be the next best taxidermist with a very ironic first name for the job.

11. Dallas

baby names 2016
Pinterest

According to the Name Meaning Website, Dallas means “Wise, Meadow Stance.” I first thought of the name when my younger sister told me she was moving to Houston and instead of saying, “Congratulations! Good luck!” I said, “Awesome, make some friends who have hunting property!” Then I soon began searching the internet at places to hunt in Texas and many times found myself looking at flights into Dallas, TX.

I’m not sure why my mind thinks in this way, but regardless, if you name your newborn Dallas and he grows to have hunting property, don’t forget me and be sure to remember where the name idea came from!

12. Forrest/Forest

I like the double “r” here more than one, but however you spell it, let’s keep it related to the outdoors and not Forrest Gump! Your little one may not be a runner, but surely will love the outdoors if given the opportunity to.

13. Gauge

We understand the name “Double Barrel” or “Over-Under” wouldn’t suffice, and plus, Gauge just sounds like a really cool name. If you relate it to your shotgun or name your future son, Gauge is unique and a great name for the future outdoorsman.

14. Archer

baby names 2016
Lullaby Lane Photography

He may end up being more into firearms or fishing, but either way, Archer will be an outdoorsman and he will look good in that cute little camo onesie you got him for his ride home from the hospital.

15. Drake

baby names 2016
Pinterest

If you’re listening to the radio, you may be thinking of the hip-hop artist Drake, but I can assure you we’re relating this to the male duck, which happens to be the same name of your new little duckling.

16. Cam

Just because the term “String” and “Limb” didn’t work when we were naming parts of a compound bow. Cam. It’s got a nice ring to it.

17. Fletcher

So he may not grow up to own a pro shop and cut arrows, but he can always stand proud with the name Fletcher. Steer him into the right path, or flight, when the stork drops off your newborn.

18. Wyatt

This baby name has been popular this part year, signifying strength and bravery. Hunters and fisherman both go that extra mile for their adrenaline rush and harvest as they make their way against mother nature. They, like their parents, are strong minded and goal oriented and Wyatt, will be no different.

It’s not doubt if you are having a new baby, you have spent some time on the internet or in baby name books looking for that perfect match.

If you’re a couple who loves the outdoors or individually trying to convince your spouse to keep the name related to hunting or fishing, these are just a few to get you started. It may not be as easy as naming a puppy or kitten, but it will be as special if not more special.

Did you find one you like? Do you know someone who could use this list? Or is your very own name on this list? Be sure to comment and let us know if you have any more to add to the list as well.

NEXT: 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER MARRY A HUNTER

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