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When people visit mountain goat habitat, usually on popular alpine hiking trails in national parks and other public lands, some unwittingly condition goats with their behavior.  Urinating on trailside vegetation or rocks adds salt and minerals to the environment.  When goats drawn to these sources of salt are not deterred, they become habituated to people – they lose their natural avoidance response.

Mountain Goats - Living with Wildlife

Mountain goat near Garden Wall trail by Jeremiah Thompson, via Flickr; Glacier National Park, Montana

Mountain goat near Garden Wall trail by Jeremiah Thompson, Glacier National Park, Montana

Dale Kunkel Art - Wildlife Art - Mountain Goat

Dale Kunkel Art - Wildlife Art - Mountain Goat

2016-7-19 - Mountain goat drowns fleeing from crowd snapping photos - Stock photo: A mountain goat stands along the main road that runs through Glacier National Park in Montana. (Associated Press)

- Mountain goat drowns fleeing from crowd snapping photos - Stock photo: A mountain goat stands along the main road that runs through Glacier National Park in Montana.

The Mountain Goat

Community: 16 Photographs Of Mountain Goats Taking In The View

mountain goat - faux taxidermy

mountain goat - faux taxidermy

Rocky Mountain Goat

Animal Humor, Mountain Goats, Searching, Sheep, Artsy Fartsy, Animal Funnies, Search

A mountain goat watches her babies play on the cliffs below in Derk Hansen's prints Kids Play. Mountain goats are actually related to antelopes, not to the goat family. Buy this open edition print in

Derk Hansen Kids Play

A mountain goat watches her babies play on the cliffs below in Derk Hansen's prints Kids Play. Mountain goats are actually related to antelopes, not to the goat family. Buy this open edition print in

The mountain goat:

Mountain Goats are not true goats but they are close relatives. They are more properly known as goat-antelopes. These surefooted beasts inhabit many of North America's most spectacular alpine environments.

Mountain Goat  (Oreamnos americanus)

funkysafari: “Mountain Goat (Oreamnos americanus) by Heidi Schuyt Photography ”

Here’s some serious cute: A mountain goat nanny and kid at Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. Mountain goats are not true goats at all but belong to the antelope family. The hooves of mountain goats.

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