Don't Pee On That Trail

In Olympic, hikers' urine attracts goats

Jul 11, 2011
Outside Magazine

Mountain goats in Olympic National Park have developed a taste for human urine, causing problems for the park's visitors. Hikers appear to be attracting goats by peeing alongside trails, creating what park officials call "long, linear salt licks," and drawing goats from miles away. The animals don't normally wander near humans, but they can be deadly when agitated. A 370-pound male attacked and fatally gored a man hiking in Olympic last October. On Monday, park officials released a multi-part plan to keep goats and people separated, including restrictions on trail use and a recommendation that hikers pee at least 200 yards from any trail. They'll also be harassing goats with air horns and rubber pellet guns to "re-instill a pattern of avoidance of humans by goats." So far this year, there have been no goat-human conflicts, although a man reported being stalked by a large goat in June. 

Read more at the Peninsula Daily News

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