Who Wants To Go Goat Hunting In Wyoming?
Governor Mark Gordon recently gave his support to the Grand Teton National Park’s plan to manage the non-native mountain goat population in the park. By "manage", they mean hunt and reduce the number.
“I am delighted that Grand Teton National Park officials have chosen to take a different, more sensible approach to addressing this important wildlife management issue,” Governor Gordon said. Governor Gordon went on to say that he was happy aerial shooting of the goats will stop.
The Grand Teton mountain goat population descended from goats left behind in the 1960’s around the Snake River Range in Idaho. The goats did not stay put. They migrated northeast. There are now hundreds of these goats in an area which, officials say, cannot support such a large number. They also do not want these goats interacting with local sheep.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is asking for volunteers. They passed a resolution for the controversial use of helicopters to kill the goats from the air. Now they are urging Grand Teton to find what they called "skilled volunteers" to help on the ground.
That leaves the question of what is meant by "skilled" and "qualified" for this cull.
The "qualified volunteer program" begins on September 14 and lasts through November 13, 2020. But this is Wyoming, and those are the Tetons, so that means the weather must cooperate.
Anyone interested must apply as a team. No going at it alone. There must be at least 2 individuals per team and no more than 6.
No beer guts. Sorry. They are asking for a high level of physical fitness, due to the fact that hunters will need to hike the Tetons up to 20 miles per day. That means some serious high altitude hiking, by the way.
Volunteer swill be equipped for safety. There will be advanced training in how to use bear spray. Training in backcountry tracking, how to properly use and talk on radios. They also would like samples taken from the goats so they can track disease. In other words, there is some work involved. All applicants must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age.
Don't bother showing up if you have had trouble with the law. They will not accept anyone with active warrants or past wildlife violations, just to name a few.
They are going to check to make sure you are proficient with a firearm.
So, there you go. Do you have what it takes? Most do not.