Goats are versatile animals that were domesticated 9000 years ago for meat, milk, and fiber. There are more than 300 different breeds of goats that vary in size and color and are kept as livestock by humans throughout the world.
Goats are non-native throughout most of their current range. They are not venerable according to a conservation point of view. Still, overgrazing by goats can be detrimental to an ecosystem, leading to desertification, erosion, and the disappearance of natural wildlife. For instance, scientists in New Zealand believe overgrazing by goats prevents revegetation in some areas. On the other side, they have also been used to protect ecosystems to prevent the spread of weeds.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No