Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat

Mountain Goat is a species of North American goats that are mostly found on the cliffs and ice.

Scientific Name – Oreamnos americanus

Classification – Oreamnos

Gender Names – Male – buck, billy; Female – doe, nanny; Baby – kid, billy

Collective Noun – Herd, tribe, trip

Length/Size – 15–28 cm (5.9–11.0 in)

Weight – 45 and 140 kg (99 and 309 lb)

Life Expectancy – 12 to 15 years; up to 16 to 20 in captivity

Mating Season  Begins in late November and lasts until early January

Gestation Period – 150 to 180 days

Special Features  It is a sure-footed climber; whole body is covered with wool (though not used commercially)

Social Structure – After the breeding season, males and females split away from each other, with the adult males splitting up into small groups of two to three heads. Females form nursery groups of up to 50 individuals

Geographical Distribution – Western Cordillera of North America, from Washington, Idaho and Montana through British Columbia and Alberta, into the southern Yukon and southeastern Alaska

Natural Habitat – Rocky Mountains, Cascade Range and other mountain regions

World Population – 44,000 to 72,000

Conservation Status – Least Concern

Diet – Grasses, herbs, sedges, ferns, mosses, lichens, twigs and leaves

Predators – Bears, wolves, eagles, and wolverines