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Mtn Goat

Wildlife managers with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have recently captured four mountain goats in the Snake River Canyon near Alpine in an effort to learn more about their health, reproduction, and seasonal movements. Spokesman Mark Gocke says the goats were temporarily tranquilized to collect nasal and tonsil swabs, blood, and fecal samples. Those samples allow Game and Fish disease specialists to determine the presence of various pathogens which can potentially lead to such diseases as a pneumonia outbreak. Three female goats captured were fitted with GPS collars to track their seasonal movements, reproductive success and survival. Gocke says these goats are part of the Palisades herd which straddles the state line and has shared management with Idaho. Consequently, he says wildlife managers from both states are interested in learning how much interstate travel may be occurring.

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