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2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« on: April 27, 2016, 12:47:22 PM »
Goat Rocks Wilderness, in southern Washington, is home to a well-known population of mountain goats and offers five coveted hunting permits each year. In recent years, sportsmen have assisted District Wildlife Biologist, Eric Holman, with goat data collection after hunters successfully harvest an animal. The sampling includes nasal swabs and blood samples from the mountain goats to test for Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae (Movi), a respiratory pathogen frequently found in domestic sheep and goats. This pathogen is also responsible for devastating pneumonia outbreaks in big horn sheep and more recently in populations of mountain goats in Nevada.

Last year, one of the harvested goats from Washington’s District 10 tested positive for Movi. In hopes that this was nothing more than a false positive, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife will closely monitor this otherwise healthy herd of over 300 animals. Goat Rocks is currently the second largest hunted population of mountain goats in the state of Washington.

On July 15-17, the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance will head out on part of the Pacific Crest Trail outside of Packwood, Washington to survey the resident herd. We will be conducting a population analysis as well as monitoring for symptoms that may indicate Movi infection. This includes coughing, sneezing and overall ill animals. We are currently recruiting volunteers for this project and need as much help as we can get.

A secondary survey is scheduled for September 9-11 to analyze kid survival rates during the first 3-months of life. The data collected will be used in comparison of the July survey’s data to determine survival rate of this year’s kids.

We need your help! If you would like to join us in the mountains for these three-day, two-night, backpacking survey, please contact WA RMGA volunteer coordinator Allen Ernst at allen.ernst@comcast.net or (206) 229-2519, or RMGA President, Pete Muennich at Peter@goatalliance.org or (406) 551-5104.

All able-hikers welcome! Please come prepared with proper backcountry camping gear including good boots, water filtration systems, food, optics, GPS and cameras if you have them. Help us spread the word and share this project with anyone and everyone who may able to assist. The plan right now is for volunteers to rendezvous in the town of Packwood the morning of July 15th and September 9th.  We may have horseback support from the area's outfitter, but plan on being self-propelled.

All volunteers will have to formally register with the state of Washington here ::

http://wdfw.wa.gov/about/volunteer/

Additionally, those entering the Goat Rocks Wilderness must have a wilderness permit and follow the appropriate regulations found here:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/giffordpinchot/recarea/?recid=79414

Best regards,

Allen
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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2016, 12:53:49 PM »
Im in!!
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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2016, 01:12:20 PM »
im also in. allen, i sent you a text

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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2016, 01:20:45 PM »
Why schedule the 2nd survey for opening weekend of archery elk witch is only 3 days before the goat hunt????
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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2016, 01:34:59 PM »
I'm going to try and make this. 
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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2016, 02:11:03 PM »
Why schedule the 2nd survey for opening weekend of archery elk witch is only 3 days before the goat hunt????

 I saw this too, but wonder how the survey would really impact the area? are there many elk guys in there? the goats really don't care about people mostly so I don't think it would affect a hunter with rifle..

on the plus, maybe people still in there could help someone pack a critter out!
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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2016, 02:48:23 PM »
Just what us elk hunters need is all those people up there running around opening weekend of archery. I'm all for the survey, just wish they could pick a different date.

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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2016, 09:43:11 PM »
This project is still a "Go".  We have almost 20 people that are interested so far and could definitely use twice that many.

Please let me know if you are interested in helping.  Name, cell number and e-mail.  We are trying to get a good solid count of the goats in the range, but we (WDFW/RGMA/SCI) really want to key in on the number of kids in the entire Goat Rocks range.

Regards,

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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2016, 05:46:11 PM »
I drew this goat tag so I'm worried that people are gonna be messing with the goats.. I think that since it opens sept 1st maybe not a good idea to be around the goats..

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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2016, 07:45:50 PM »
Wow, really? :dunno:

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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2016, 08:24:08 PM »
I drew this goat tag so I'm worried that people are gonna be messing with the goats.. I think that since it opens sept 1st maybe not a good idea to be around the goats..
  anybody worried about their goat hunts or elk hunts should relax.  They're not going to change your success one bit.  They are checking on goats to help future people do what you get to do this year.

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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2016, 08:39:58 PM »
I drew this goat tag so I'm worried that people are gonna be messing with the goats.. I think that since it opens sept 1st maybe not a good idea to be around the goats..

Maybe you could use this to your benefit?  Go along with the group and you could gain a huge amount of scouting info. ....or if your done scouting request that your in the group that goes to that area so you don't unexpectedly run into some over zelles goat watchers

Does seem Wweird to do it in September when alot of people are off hunting, is there a reason why it couldn't be moved to end of august?

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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #12 on: June 22, 2016, 09:27:47 PM »
This project is still a "Go".  We have almost 20 people that are interested so far and could definitely use twice that many.

Please let me know if you are interested in helping.  Name, cell number and e-mail.  We are trying to get a good solid count of the goats in the range, but we (WDFW/RGMA/SCI) really want to key in on the number of kids in the entire Goat Rocks range.

Regards,

Allen


Almost 3 weeks till go time and no info yet as far as the who what where when how etc. Any updates, Allen? Is there a plan??
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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2016, 09:41:11 PM »
 :yeah: fillthefreezer and i were talking about that earlier tonight
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Re: 2016 Washington Goat Rocks Wilderness Project July 15-17
« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2016, 07:41:10 AM »
Looking forward to it
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