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Goat transfer to Whitefish Range on hold

from Whitefish Pilot

A plan to establish mountain goats in the Whitefish Range has been put on hold until more blood tests can be completed on goats from the Crazy Mountains. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists last fall announced a plan to reintroduce goats using a robust population in the Crazy Mountains near Big Timber, Mont. But blood samples from those goats, taken earlier this year, showed the goats may carry a strain of bacteria that causes pneumonia in bighorn sheep, FWP biologist Tim Thier said. more

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