Mountain goat

Despite their name, mountain goats are not goats —but antelopes, known more properly as goat-antelopes

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Mountain goats prefer to inhabit the mountainous alpine fields and are the largest mammals that wander the alpine hills of North America. Adult animals have long, creamy fur, which keeps them warm and concealed from predators in the snow. Despite their docile nature, mountain goats are very aggressive in protecting their young and have been known to injure and, in extreme cases, even kill people.

As the population of mountain goats is strong and relatively stable, they are not at any immediate risk of extinction. Some areas have also allowed people to hunt them under legal permits to reduce their number. But hunting is not allowed where their numbers are declining.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Canada
70,200
Official estimate
LC
2019
United States
47,000
Official estimate
LC
2019

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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