Lawsuit in Fatal Goat Attack

Did park know goat was dangerous?


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The family of a man killed by a mountain goat last October in Olympic National Park has filed a wrongful death suit alleging that park officials knew of the goat’s history of aggressive behavior. On October 16, Bob Boardman was eating lunch with his wife and a friend when the 370-pound goat approached, eventually goring him in the thigh. He was evacuated by helicopter but died from his injuries. Rangers later located and killed the goat. “The park service had received numerous complaints about this goat and its aggressive behavior from hikers and its staff, but did not relocate or euthanize the animal when it became a clear threat to the public,” Boardman family attorney John Messina said in a press release. Messina is seeking $10 million in damages. The park has since published guidelines, including a recommendation that hikers not pee near trails, in an effort to reduce human-goat encounters.

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