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Eastmans Hunting Journal - MRS: Utah Mountain Goat The Title



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MRS: Utah Mountain Goat

In 2018, we will see few changes in Rocky Mountain goat management in Utah. There were a couple units that saw an increase of permits like Kamas/Chalk Creek and Central Mountains, Nebo. DWR broke up the Wastach conglomerate unit into a few seperate units this year to get them the better capability to micro-manage. They also drastically cut tags from 9 to 2 in the N/S Slope, High Unitas Central. Goats are not native to Utah as they were introduced from Washington in 1967. They have flourished ever since then and current populations are estimated to be around 2000 animals. Goats herds are slow to grow as a nanny will only have 1 kid per year once they reach age 4-5 years old. Consider this stat and the overall effect his could have on the herd before you shoot a nanny. The current trend of 79% of goats killed in Utah are billies, which means 21% are nannies. The numbers show this hasn’t crippled population growth in most areas.