Mountain Goat Management Plan and Environmental Assessment
The National Park Service (NPS) is proposing to implement a plan to remove exotic (nonnative) mountain goats from Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway; collectively, the park. The purpose in taking action is to 1) aid in the conservation of a native population of Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep whose status is tenuous and 2) protect other park resources and values from the rapidly growing mountain goat population.
The plan's environmental assessment analyzes three alternatives. Under Alternative A (the no-action alternative), the mountain goat population would continue to be monitored; however, no active population reduction would occur, except if needed to address a human safety concern. Under Alternative B, mountain goats would be lethally removed from the park using a variety of aerial and ground-based techniques. Under Alternative C, a combination of capture and translocation, and lethal removal methods would be used to reduce the mountain goat population within the park.
Dec 4, 2018 - Feb 15, 2019