Likely native to Utah in the past, the mountain goat was re-introduced into Utah in the late 60’s at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and because of relocation projects by the DWR, they can now be found on many ranges across the state including the Uinta Mountain range. Mountain goats occupy the highest alpine environments in Utah. Even winter habitat may be at as much as eleven thousand feet.
Mountain goats prefer extremely steep and rugged areas, making them one of the most agile rock climbers around. Females or nannies give birth to as many as three kids in May or June, usually on steep rocky slopes. Kids are able to follow their mothers through steep terrain shortly after birth.
Seeing a mountain goat in the wild, is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have. On Saturday, August 8th, the DWR will host a free, mountain goat watch on the Tushar Mountains East of Beaver.