Removing several mountain goats that have developed a strong appetite for human sweat and urine has to be one of the most daunting challenges faced by the Olympic National Park.
Since they became a problem to effective actualization of the activities in the park, up to 75 mountain goats, have been extradited as part of the larger plan to move the species to a location close to their natural habitat.
NPR revealed how the non-native goats have been disrupting the ecosystem and assaulting visitors due to their addiction to salt.
While their natural environment is filled with enough salt for them to lick, living in an environment with no salt to lick gives them up to enjoy the next best thing close to salt – Humans.
Park officials revealed that the non-native goats are so drawn and addicted to salt in human sweat and urine that they aggressively charge at visitors and hikers without considering the effect on the vegetation.
The officials also recounted how a 63-year-old walker bled to death after being gored by one of the male mountain goats.
The goat had followed the walker for a mile before going violent.
Plans For Relocation
The death of this man caused the National Park Service, the Washington Department of Fish and the National Forest Service to develop a 3-5-year scheme to eliminate it.
The officials also told the walkers to avoid urinating along the trails to avoid turning the trail to a salt licking site for the aggressive goats.
According to the Seattle Times, the non-native goats first arrived in the 1920s when the area had not become a national park.
A hunting group from Alaska and British Columbia had changed the natural habitat of the goats by bringing a dozen of them to the new habitat.
Since their arrival, they have multiplied into a little below 700.
As they were getting out of control, the team planned to capture about half of the total population and safely transport them to the North Cascade Mountains.