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Speaking of goats , it looks like Olympic National Park is in the process of changing the rules for how they keep visitors and mountain

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Olympic National Park Changing Rules on Human-Mountain Goat Interaction

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Speaking of goats, it looks like Olympic National Park is in the process of changing the rules for how they keep visitors and mountain goats in their separate corners. The effort comes after Port Angeles registered nurse Bob Boardman was gored to death by an angry goat on Oct. 16.

The rule changes are still formulating, but will most likely include expanding the area that "nuisance and hazardous animals" like mountain goats, bears and cougars are restricted to.

Mountain goats often migrate seasonally between mountain cliffs and alpine meadows, so whatever off-limits areas the park sets up for the creatures are likely going to be fairly large.

The particular goat that became national news when it killed Boardman was later determined (after it was killed and cut open) to be "rutting," which is animal-speak for "looking to mate." The animals are known for aggression all year, but are particularly ornery during the mating season.

More details of the plan are forthcoming. No word on whether the park is considering turning Gary A. Veldhuizen, the recently convicted Ferndale goat rapist, loose in the park as a way of driving the creatures toward more manageable areas.

 
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