After randomly selecting teams of skilled shooters, Park Service is ready to let them kill as many mountain goats as possible to protect bighorn sheep.
In the Owl Creek drainage near Thermopolis, where a rancher and the Game and Fish Department have clashed over wildlife, officials hope an early hunt will protect a wild herd from disease-bearing livestock.
After Gov. Gordon rips National Park Service, Interior Secretary intervenes to halt aerial shoot, the outcome of which remains secret.
Game and Fish, BLM, wildlife conservationists and a rancher are locked in battle over bighorn sheep, grazing permits and cattle-killing grizzlies.
Introduced by Idaho in 1969, mountain goats join habitat fragmentation and genetic isolation in threatening an iconic native sheep herd’s future.