Follow us:

The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 30, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Olympic National Forest trail closed by goats

The Associated Press

HOODSPORT — Olympic National Forest officials are keeping a popular trail in Mason County closed because of aggressive mountain goats.

Rangers say hikers on the Mount Ellinor Trail near Hoodsport are to blame for feeding goats and letting them lick their hands or backpacks for salt.

The Peninsula Daily News reports up to 20 goats have been observed on the trail.

The trail has been off-limits since early July while rangers try to teach the animals not to approach people. Rangers are throwing rocks at the goats, shooting them with paintballs, sounding horns and spraying chemicals.

In October 2010 an aggressive goat fatally gored a Port Angeles man on a trail in Olympic National Park.

Comments | More in General news | Topics: aggressive goats, Olympic National Park, warning

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►