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2:14 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Lawsuit over fatal Olympic National Park goat attack dismissed

Mountain goat in Olympic National Park.
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TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a widow's lawsuit against the federal government over her husband's death in a mountain goat attack at Olympic National Park two years ago.

U.S. District Judge Robert Bryan dismissed most of Susan Chadd's claims over the summer and the rest last week. On Tuesday he declined to reconsider.

Robert Boardman was trying to protect Chadd and a friend when the 370-pound billy goat gored him, severing arteries in his thigh. The goat is believed to have been one that harassed park visitors for years.

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problem goats
6:03 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Rangers say hazing of aggressive mountain goats is working

USFS wildlife biologist Kurt Aluzas demonstrates "aversive conditioning." Photo by Tom Banse

Originally published on Mon October 1, 2012 9:38 pm

HOODSPORT, Wash. - Forest and park rangers on Washington's Olympic Peninsula say they've reduced the risk from aggressive mountain goats. They did it by hazing the animals for much of the summer. Olympic National Forest reopened a popular hiking trail Monday.

For the past three months, the steep trail up Mount Ellinor has been closed. The reason for that is that multiple hiking parties reported feeling threatened by insistent mountain goats.

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Hiking woes
7:45 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Gang of goats closes Olympic National Forest trail

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

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Other News
10:19 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Interior Dept. denies claim in Olympic goat goring

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Interior Department has denied a $10 million wrongful death claim from the family of a man who was gored by a mountain goat in Olympic National Park.

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Wildlife assaults
12:12 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

NW officials: Keep your distance from mountain goats

courtesy of Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife

RICHLAND, Wash. –Wild life officials and park managers are refining a better strategy to keep aggressive mountain goats at bay, but steering clear of goats is a good first step.

A hiker was gored to death by a big mountain goat in the Olympic National Park last fall. And just recently, Wenatchee National Forest rangers fielded multiple complaints about an aggressive goat in the hills near Ellensburg.

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