I photographed this female or “Nanny” Mountain Goat with her offspring also called a “Kid”, on the high rocky mountain cliffs in Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana. Kids are born in the spring (late May or early June) after a six month gestation period. Nannies give birth, usually to a single offspring, after moving to an isolated ledge; Nannies can be very competitive and protective of their space and food sources. They use their fighting abilities to protect themselves and their offspring from predators. Predators including wolves, cougars, wolverines, lynx and bears will attack goats of most ages given the opportunity.
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