A fun capture from back in July on a visit to Mount Evans, Colorado. These two were walking around the remnants of the Crest House, a restaurant that used to operate up there until a fire burned it down in 1979. Needless to say, I did not try to enter while they were in the way. 😉 The road to the 14,271 foot high mountain is now closed for the season but I am, as always, anxious for spring when it opens again.
Such a cute little one, eh? Taken back in July, this kid was hanging out near the top of Mount Evans in Colorado with the rest of the herd. The sun had just crested the horizon and it turned its head just right to allow the soft light to hit it perfectly.
I probably won’t get to see another one of these beautiful creatures until the spring but at least I have lots of pics and memories of this past season with them.
Mountain Goats are actually not native to the Centennial State. They were brought here over six transplant operations from 1948 to 1972 as game animals and tourist attractions. Those 50 or so Mountain Goats grew to numbers in the thousands today.
It must be Monday when you want to beat your head on a post. 😀
Okay, that really isn’t the case here but you know we all oftentimes feel like that when the workweek starts. Taken a couple of weeks ago, this Mountain Goat opted to use a roadside marker as a scratching post. Pretty convenient when you don’t have the fingers to do it otherwise.
Certainly I hope your week is starting off well without the desire to hit your head on something. 😉
Pretty much my last look at a Mountain Goat until next spring. It seemed fitting that one of the last images I captured of one was of this cute one as it headed around the side of Mount Evans and out of view. The road to this very popular Mountain Goat hangout closes after Labor Day every year due to typically deteriorating weather conditions as the seasons change and won’t open up again until Memorial Day weekend.
A fun image from back in June when I spent time with the herd on top of Mount Evans, Colorado. As usual, the animals were spending the morning hanging out entertaining the tourists and photographers.
After a time, they then proceeded around the east face of the mountain, bounding higher and across the large rocks. This made for a great photo opportunity to capture a large number of them in a single image, something you usually can’t do. It is a bummer the skies were so hazy but it still made for a neat shot.
Adorable, cute, darling… All of those are applicable adjectives to apply to Mountain Goat kids, including this one.
Following a bit of a wild rumpus with other young ones in the herd, this kid decided it was time for a break. While mom grazed on the foliage nearby, it opted to just lay down and relax. That didn’t mean it wasn’t paying attention and it seemed as interested in watching me as I was in watching it.
A little bit of high country drama involving this little one, its herd and humans and dogs.
As usual, the Mountain Goat herd on Mount Evans was hanging out near the parking area this past Saturday morning. There were probably a dozen or more tourists and photographers enjoying watching the animals as they bounded on the mountain.
A young couple with two dogs decided to disregard commonsense and bring their pets close to the herd. To wildlife, dogs are predators, and the herd reacted as you would expect – they quickly fled down the mountain a ways to distance themselves.
In the process, this poor little kid got separated from its mom. It was initially out of my view but I could hear it desperately calling for help. It seemed like an eternity but finally it topped the hill behind me and was able to see the herd. Quickly, it bounded down the rock face of the hill flying right by me to its mom.
It was quite close and the action fast but I managed a few shots as it went by including this one as it leapt off one of the rocks.
While it made for a cool capture, the situation that created it was frustrating. I have dogs and I love dogs. However, they and wildlife simply do not mix – period. By choosing to bring their dogs in close proximity to the Mountain Goats, they stressed the animals, created unnecessary drama and a potentially dangerous situation, and ruined a great wildlife viewing opportunity for tourists and photographers.
I see this time and again in this spot and many others and it is very frustrating. If you have dogs and take them with you to locations with wildlife, keep them well out of sight and earshot of the wildlife.
Mountain Goats are pretty docile and not likely to attack. Moose, elk and other creatures may not be so quick to retreat. Be courteous to others there to enjoy these gifts from Mother Nature.
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The conditions at 14,000+ feet can be harsh any time of year so when it is nice, you have to be sure to enjoy it. That seemed to be what this handsome fellow was doing a couple of weeks ago. While it was a chilly 40 degrees, there was some filtered sun coming through and the wind was relatively calm.
Not truly goats, they are actually members of the same family that includes antelopes, gazelles, and cattle. These handsome creatures are found from Alaska down to the Rocky Mountains of the United States. Found at high altitudes, Mountain Goats are sure-footed climbers and built to withstand the alpine areas that they typically inhabit.
Oh my goodness. These two cuties were so darned entertaining!
Arriving at the top of Mount Evans (#Colorado), the resident Mountain Goats were nowhere to be found initially. This isn’t entirely unusual as there are lots of places for them to be but, eventually, they do usually show up at the main parking area. Sure enough, a couple hours later they did appear and the herd put on a nice show and gave me lots of pictures.
The highlight by far were these two kids who were extremely rambunctious, bounding around, butting heads and climbing on top of each other. During a brief break from the fun, one had climbed on top of a rock, seeming to want to take a break. His friend though wasn’t ready to stop and tried to coax him down for more play.
Mountain Goats are actually not native to the Centennial State. They were brought here during the 40s, 50s and 60s as game animals and as tourist attractions.
Well, technically not a meal. These Mountain Goats lick the rocks to get the minerals from them but… It will be a few more weeks before the snow is cleared and I can visit Mount Evans, Colorado, where I took this picture last year. With any luck, there will be a new generation of these little guys to enjoy watching and photographing.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, wildlife or domesticated. 😉