In the Rockies, goats beat bighorn sheep

JACKSON -It doesn't take much to get a mountain goat's goat.

They go from "passive to aggressive really fast," said Joel Berger, the Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair of Wildlife Conservation at Colorado State University.

One of Berger's recent studies found that in high alpine environments in the Rocky Mountains where mountain goats and bighorn sheep compete for resources, goats displace sheep - as much as 95% of the time when salt licks were the issue. Their aggressive behavior is part of the reason, Berger said.

"It's like somebody with a short fuse," he said. "They just hit the aggressi...

 

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