Mountain Goats | Glacier National Park

Mountain Goats

These images of Mountain Goats were photographed on the high cliffs in the mountains of Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana.


Mountain Goats are surefooted beasts inhabit many of North America’s most spectacular alpine environments. They often appear at precipitous heights, from Alaska to the U.S. Rocky Mountains, showcasing climbing abilities that leave other animals, including most humans, far below.


Both sexes boast beautiful pointed horns, and in mating season billies will sometimes use them to battle rivals for prospective mates.


Female goats (called nannies) spend much of the year in herds with their young (called kids). These groups may include as many as 20 animals. Males (known as billies) usually live alone or with one or two other male goats. 


In the spring, a nanny goat gives birth to one kid (sometimes two), which must be on its feet within minutes of arrival into its sparse mountain world.


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