Mountain goats want the minerals and salt in our urine.
And they will get aggressive about it.
A Washington man was killed by a Mountain Goat in 2010 while hiking in The Olympics.
They can weigh upwards of 300 pounds. And stand 3.5 feet tall at the shoulder. So if a goat wants to get aggressive it has the bulk to do that.
Hikers in Idaho have even been offering food to the goats.
Now park officials are having to develop policies to manage aggressive goats. And this can involve euthanizing the goat. Or closing a beautiful area to hikers.
Here is a story about an Idaho incident:
The U.S. Forest Service has temporarily closed an Idaho hiking trail because of aggressive mountain goats.
The Scotchman Peak Trail was closed Friday.
According to the Forest Services, visitors to the trail have been offering food to the goats or even allowing them to eat from their hands. That can cause the animals to behave aggressively in an attempt to get food from humans.
The closure is meant to allow time for the goats to find other sources of food and make them less like to approach humans.
There have been reports of goats trying to head-butt or charge hikers. The Forest Service says a hiker required stitches after he was bitten by a goat in June.
Thanks to this story from KTVB: http://on.ktvb.com/1UR8K54
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