Wow! This is a great capture indeed! I've never seen this kind of goats! They certainly are very well equipped for the rough climate they live in!
Thank you for linking us to this lovely picture, Ian! Greetings, Anne
Dear Anne and Billy,
I felt like Noah. I had been told not to expect to see any larger animals when up on the mountain. I had paused here to view the vast panorama that lay before me, and turned to see these two, only metres away! Later elsewhere in the high mountains, a pair of deer paraded themselves before me!
I call them Mountian Goats, Rory Brett. But your query has made me check, and you will find them dscribed and pictured on the Colorado Division of Wildlife site.
Apparently, the mountain goat was deliberately introduced to Colorado, by hunters as recently as 1947, when 14 goats were imported from Montana. Since then more have been introduced from Black Hills of South Dakota, from Idaho and British Columbia.
The website continues, "With their shaggy white wool coats and black horns, these are beautiful and distinctive animals. Billies range to five feet long and weigh up to 250 pounds; nannies are somewhat smaller. Both sexes have sharp, black horns, six to 12 inches long."
Hope this has been informative.
Wonderful goat ... I Like
Greetings from Tonga (at present) Barāt.
I was most delighted when she walked across the slope in front of me, parading for the camera!!
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Photo taken in Pike National Forest, Jefferson, CO 80903
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