TopRevenue2 t1_j89tnim wrote

You do not know how that moose got there. Goats do roam so you don't know if some walked in either. Do you want wolves in ONP? Because they are native. But coyotes are not they only arrived after colonizing humans murdered the wolves - so kill all the coyotes. You cannot be a hypocrite once you start killing off mega fauna.


TopRevenue2 t1_j51wgi5 wrote

You may want to wait until they clear the fallen rock on the brewery side that part of the trail was closed off (and has been since the storm 2 weeks ago) as recent as Monday so you could not do the full loop. Otherwise this is a great visit with recent hatchery improvements so you can view fish through the glass and an extended bike walking path so you can go all the way to the Capital. There are no fish at the hatchery ATM so you may want to wait until they run again. August - November is a great time to see the fish jump in the falls.


TopRevenue2 t1_izk35fz wrote

Evidence that mountain goats are a native species includes the following facts:

An early report by John Dunn, published in 1844, stated that "The natives [of the area] manufacture some of their blankets from the wool of the wild goat; which is done with great neatness."

John Fannin and George Bird Grinnell reported in the February 13, 1890 edition of Forest and Stream in an article entitled "Range of the White Goat" that mountain goats were "abundant on the Olympian Range mountains."

A press expedition reported, in the July 16, 1890 edition of the Seattle Press, the sighting of a lone goat in the Olympic mountains.

Another expedition (reported in the April 1896 National Geographic) claimed that mountain goats were present.

In the July 18, 1917 edition of the Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Albert B. Reagan, Ph.D. (an ethnologist), reported identifying bones of mountain goats in the area. Most, but not all, of the goat bones had been formed into spoons.

These reports--all written before the release of a few goats in the 1920's--are substantial evidence that mountain goats are native to the ONP and an important part of the local ecology.