Mountain Goat populations int he Kootenays suffered a severe decline during the 1960's. Management data avilable at that time are presented; i.e., regulations, hunter numbers, harvest, success, sex ratios in the harvest and some age class data from Game Checks. Data at that time was compiled on a management area basis. Until 1971 no downward trends in harvest, success, sex ratios or age class structure, indicative of over-harvest, were discerable, though based on a subjective knowledge of the situation, seasons were reduced and closures instituted from 1966 on, with the season finally being closed in 1971. In 1973 the hunter sample data was reworked and compiled by watershed. The pattern of harvest distribution that emerged indicated that over-exploitation of goat herds began as early as 1960 in some watersheds. The decline of goat harvest began as early as 1960 in some watersheds. The decline of goat harvest that resulted in these areas was masked by increasing harvests in other watersheds where new access made previously unhunted herds available. This combination of declining and increasing harvests gave management area harvest totals which remained relatively constant.
Phelps, D. E., Jamieson, B.; Demarchi, R. A.. 1975. Mountain Goat Management in the Kootenays. Ministry of Environment
Keywords: mountain goat management, kootenay, herds, population
Scientific Name: Oreamnos americanus
English Name: Mountain Goat
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