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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

July 12, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Avoid goats in Washington, be careful where you ‘go’

WENATCHEE (AP) — To avoid confrontations with aggressive mountain goats in Washington, hikers are advised to be careful where they pee.

KPQ reports some hikers in the Enchantment area of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness have been having close encounters with mountain goats.

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest says goats are attracted to trails because they crave salt, found in urine. Hikers are urged to use toilets and not urinate close to trails.

The Olympic National Forest also has urged hikers not to urinate along trails to avoid goats.

Three years ago a Port Angeles man was fatally gored by a mountain goat on a trail in Olympic National Park.

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