Mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) are a relic of the iceage and their body shape and colour make them adapted to few habitats. The are at home in mountainous regions and are found primarily in the Rockies and Cascade mountains of North America. British Columbia contains an estimated 52% of the population. Mountain goats are not considered at risk, but under the BC Conservation Frame work, are the highest priority for protection. It is important that goat populations in the area are monitored to determine population size, trends and demographics and ensure healthy populations. Population counts are conducted by aerial surveys in the Bridge River Watershed and are currently showing stable populations.
Like many animals, mountain goats through a spring molt to shed their thick winter coats. We have also been collecting samples of this molted hair for future research analysis.