Mountain Goats (Oreamnos americanus) occur throughout British Columbia (BC) in both the interior and coastal mountain ranges. Populations in general appear to be relatively stable, although as resource extraction, commercial development and back-country recreation increases, localized impacts to mountain goat populations will result. Phelps et al. (1976) noted a massive over-harvest of mountain goats in the 1960s as a result of the continuous expansion of access related to resouce extraction that allowed the progressive exploitation of previously unhunted herds. Demarchi et al. (2000) and Morgan and Forbes (1982) both concluded that forest harvesting wtihin areas formerly regarded as marginal, can have the largest potential to infringe on sensitive mountain goat habitat. Forbes' personal files noted that during the late 1960s and early '70s, almost 30% of the annual provincial goat harvest was taken within a 3-4 hour drive from Vancouver, averaging 200-250 goats per year, primarily from Chilliwack, but also from the Squamish district. As a result, local populations of mountain goats continue to remain depressed and as such, this species is considered a species of management concern within the Lower Mainland Region (LMR) of the British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land & Air Protection.
Jex, B.. 2004. Analysis of the Topographic Habitat Attributes for Mountain Goat Winter Ranges on the Southern Mainland Coast of British Columbia. Ministryof Water, Land and Air Protection