Helicopter sharpshooters begin operation to kill Grand Teton nonnative goats

Wyoming News February 24, 2020

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Helicopter sharpshooters begin operation to kill Grand Teton nonnative goats

JACKSON, Wyo. | By MEAD GRUVER (AP) — Grand Teton National Park officials planned to begin having contractors shoot nonnative mountain goats from a helicopter as part of a disputed effort to help native bighorn sheep.

Park officials closed off a large portion of the Teton Range to the public for the eradication effort Friday.

The operation was going ahead despite opposition from Wyoming officials who oppose shooting the goats from a helicopter because the animals’ meat would go to waste.

The 100 or so goats are descendants of animals introduced near Grand Teton decades ago. The goats compete with and risk spreading  pneumonia to a herd of about 100 native bighorn sheep.

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