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Several mountain goats killed this winter on Wyoming roadway; drivers urged caution

(Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — Three mountain goats have already been hit and killed by vehicles in the Snake River Canyon this year.

“Each winter, mountain goats that inhabit the high cliffs of the Snake River Canyon, make their way down to lower elevations,” the Wyoming Game and Fish Department said on Dec. 20. “Some of these goats can be seen near, or even on the roadway at the southern end of the canyon near the town of Alpine.”

“Jackson Wildlife Biologist Aly Courtemanch collects a nasal swab sample to learn what kind of pathogens the animal may be carrying. Some pathogens may be lethal to bighorn sheep.” (Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

“It can be a great wildlife watching opportunity, but unfortunately each year some of these goats end up getting struck by vehicles. So far, at least three have been hit and killed and the winter is just getting started.”

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Game and Fish says that their employees often work to “haze the goats off the roadway” in winter and spring.

“Electronic message trailers are also used periodically, but ultimately, it’s up to motorists to slow down and be alert for wildlife through this dangerous stretch of highway 89,” the department adds.

Game and Fish shared the following video along with their announcement: