Mountain Goat Management Plan up for public comment

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WENATCHEE- The public is invited to submit their comments on a draft plan from the National Park Service to relocate mountain goats from the Olympic Mountains to the North Cascades.

The Olympic, Mt Baker-Snoqualmie and Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forests are opting for Alternative D from an Environmental Impact Study to reduce the mountain goat population in the Olympic National Park, as they are not native to that area. The plan also includes the lethal removal of the remaining mountain goats in the park. The plan/FEIS was developed in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

According to officials, numbers in the Cascades are low and moving the goats will increase diversity and provide them with a more preferred habitat. The Forest Service released the Record of Decision in June, and will make a final decision following the objection period.

The National Parks Service will begin the coordinating process for capture and translocation operations this summer. Any objections to the plan can be submitted via mail or electronically.

Objections must be filed within 45 days following the publication date of this notice. Objections should be submitted to Objection Reviewing Officer, Region 6 Regional Forester, Pacific Northwest Region, USDA Forest Service, 1320 SW 3rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204.

Electronic submissions are preferred and may be submitted by completing the form available online:  https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public/CommentInput?Project=49816

For more information visit the project website or contact: Deborah Kelly, Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, 509-664-9247, dlkelly@fs.fed.us