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Mountain Goat glows in the light of sunrise at high altitude

Standing proud near the top of the 14,265-foot-high Mount Evans, this handsome fellow looked absolutely gorgeous as the sun began its climb above the horizon. On for #TBT, this image was taken back in August 2014. The goat and his herd were climbing about the old remnants of a restaurant that used to be at the top of the mountain. Burned down in a fire in 1979, what is left of the Crest House provides a nice playground for the Mountain Goats and tourists.

Mountain Goats are actually considered an invasive species here in Colorado as they are not native to the Centennial State having been brought here in the early 20th century as a tourist attraction. Unfortunately, they can carry diseases which are deadly to our state’s official animal, the Big Horn Sheep. When the goats roam into sheep territory, they are often killed to prevent them from infecting the sheep.

A Mountain Goat takes in the golden light of sunrise on top Mount Evans in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

A Mountain Goat takes in the golden light of sunrise on top Mount Evans in Colorado. (© Tony’s Takes)

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