A young male mountain goat from Olympic National Park resting in its crate shortly before release during a relocation operation in 2018.
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A young male mountain goat from Olympic National Park resting in its crate shortly before release during a relocation operation in 2018.
Credit: NW News Network/Tom Banse

More Olympic goats heading to the Cascades

Another attempt to relocate mountain goats off of the Olympic Peninsula is underway.

Mountain goats are not native to the Olympic peninsula, they were brought there in the 1920s by a sportsmen's group.

The animals have been blamed for damaging the alpine environment and for acting aggressively toward people. So a group of federal and state agencies has been to moving the goats to the Cascades, where they're a native species.

The latest round started on Friday. The goal is to move about 100 animals.

Like last time, they're being darted and then put in slings and moved by helicopter to staging areas where they're being transported to the Cascades.

After this month's operation, officials say there will be another round next year.