washington state national park

The mountain goats at Olympic National Park in Washington have worn out their their welcome and park officials are moving ahead with plans to get rid of them.

On Monday the National Park Service released a mountain goat management plan, laying out three methods of dealing with the population, which park officials say not only is damaging the environment but is dangerous to people.

One method is killing the animals with shotguns or high-powered rifles. The other is relocating them. And the last option is a combination of the two.

That is the preferred plan but would likely take years, said Louise Johnson, the park’s chief of resources management.

Olympic National Park Targeting Mountain Goats For Removal

Photo: David Restivo/National Park Service