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(Oregon Live)   After spending their summer getting shot with paintballs, Washington State's aggressive mountain goats are now pacified. Wonder if it would work on Congressmen?   (oregonlive.com) divider line 30
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2012-10-02 10:09:26 AM  
I dont know, but I'm willing to try.
 
2012-10-02 11:50:50 AM  
Maybe if they stopped taking pictures of them, they wouldn't be so aggressive.
 
2012-10-02 11:57:48 AM  
Those damn goats are a little smarter than you think. And you can piss them off especially if they have a kid nearby. I've had a couple act aggressive-curious but nothing big. Goats generally know what they are up against and will not mess with you if they think you are going to defend yourself well.
 
2012-10-02 12:18:59 PM  
Why would anyone need to pacify an already docile indie-folk band?
 
2012-10-02 12:35:32 PM  

jackiepaper: Why would anyone need to pacify an already docile indie-folk band?


Sometimes you just have to hogtie and gag someone to get them to do what you want.
 
2012-10-02 12:53:52 PM  
Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly. 
 
 
There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.
 
2012-10-02 01:02:11 PM  

brap: Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly. 
 
 
There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.



Heh! That's one of the reasons I try to sponge off every day while in the back country. There's several animals that will tear your camp apart to get at your sleeping bag.
 
2012-10-02 01:31:49 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I dont know, but I'm willing to try.


Me too!
 
2012-10-02 01:41:05 PM  
Maybe instead of shooting the goats they should have shot the stupid humans who were feeding the goats!

Also, mmmmm. Goat.
 
2012-10-02 01:47:28 PM  
I grew up in Oregon, and every wildlife solution they come up with just makes me want to go back. First there was dynamite on the dead whale, now this...

I miss my state of birth.
 
2012-10-02 01:51:07 PM  
Wonder if this type of training would work on non-migratory waterfowl or these guys Link
 
2012-10-02 02:02:50 PM  
Sounds like subby is confusing Washington state with Washington, D.C.
 
2012-10-02 02:03:16 PM  
That is actually pretty fascinating to watch. That dude really does not use technology. A Luddite in the flesh! He is absolutely flummoxed by a cursor ("It changes to a hand, then an arrow... then a line... it's too confusing!")

Not really hurting his career though, is it?
 
2012-10-02 02:05:20 PM  
Oh Lastpass - you silly goat! Saving my last comment, not just username and password - that doesn't make me look mentally challenged at all!
 
2012-10-02 02:07:00 PM  
If it's salt they want, why don't the rangers put a salt lick or two away from the trail?
 
2012-10-02 02:16:52 PM  

UberDave: brap: Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly. 
 
 
There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.


Heh! That's one of the reasons I try to sponge off every day while in the back country. There's several animals that will tear your camp apart to get at your sleeping bag.


Read that as "spooge off" and was curious as to how that deters animals. I mean if you say so I'll give it a go, but I'm just not sure it really works.
 
2012-10-02 02:22:47 PM  
Shooting goats with paintballs; is there a market for pre dyed angora?
 
2012-10-02 02:28:53 PM  

OrygunFarker: If it's salt they want, why don't the rangers put a salt lick or two away from the trail?


Been wondering that myself, guess that ain't as much fun as paint ball.
 
2012-10-02 02:40:01 PM  
It seems the salt lick away from the trail trains them to look for salt/food away from the trail.
The paintball is for installing fear of man into them.

They should do both
 
2012-10-02 03:13:11 PM  
A 63-year-old Port Angeles man was fatally gored in October 2010 by a 370-pound mountain goat on a trail in Olympic National Park.

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-10-02 03:27:14 PM  

DoBeDoBeDo: UberDave: brap: Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly. 
 
 
There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.


Heh! That's one of the reasons I try to sponge off every day while in the back country. There's several animals that will tear your camp apart to get at your sleeping bag.

Read that as "spooge off" and was curious as to how that deters animals. I mean if you say so I'll give it a go, but I'm just not sure it really works.



If you were an animal would you want to go near a human "spooging off"?!
 
2012-10-02 03:29:09 PM  

Mock26: Maybe instead of shooting the goats they should have shot the stupid humans who were feeding the goats!

Also, mmmmm. Goat.


as brap: says:

Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly.  There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.

It has nothingto do with feeding goats food, or leaving food accessible. They'll defend their treasure (your fishing vest) against almost anyone. Including curious bears.
 
2012-10-02 03:32:04 PM  

Mikeyworld: Mock26: Maybe instead of shooting the goats they should have shot the stupid humans who were feeding the goats!

Also, mmmmm. Goat.

as brap: says:

Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly.  There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.

It has nothingto do with feeding goats food, or leaving food accessible. They'll defend their treasure (your fishing vest) against almost anyone. Including curious bears.


From the Article: "Forest Service officials said hikers who fed goats in the past or let them lick hands or backpacks for salt helped cause the behavior. " Actually, it does have something to with feeding the goats.
 
2012-10-02 03:41:07 PM  

UberDave: DoBeDoBeDo: UberDave: brap: Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly. 
 
 
There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.


Heh! That's one of the reasons I try to sponge off every day while in the back country. There's several animals that will tear your camp apart to get at your sleeping bag.

Read that as "spooge off" and was curious as to how that deters animals. I mean if you say so I'll give it a go, but I'm just not sure it really works.


If you were an animal would you want to go near a human "spooging off"?!


Bears do, from what I've heard.
 
2012-10-02 03:44:08 PM  

UberDave: brap: Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly. 
 
 
There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.


Heh! That's one of the reasons I try to sponge off every day while in the back country. There's several animals that will tear your camp apart to get at your sleeping bag.


What back country and what animals?

/Not doubting, just curious.
 
2012-10-02 04:04:44 PM  
Fatally Gored is good name for a metal band
 
2012-10-02 04:16:49 PM  

coldones: Fatally Gored is good name for a metal band


Fatally Al Gored would be better.
 
2012-10-02 04:17:19 PM  
Similar lesson works on gutter trash thieves like Trayvon Martin
 
2012-10-02 04:26:17 PM  

Mock26: UberDave: brap: Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly. 
 
 
There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.


Heh! That's one of the reasons I try to sponge off every day while in the back country. There's several animals that will tear your camp apart to get at your sleeping bag.

What back country and what animals?

/Not doubting, just curious.



Goats, bighorn, mule deer, and elk mostly. I've had the mule deer and goats nose around camp and knock around a few things but they've never gone after my tent. And these are salt-seekers I'm talking about. I've had the bears run through camp in broad daylight but they were just looking for food. I've also had the occasional marmot, squirrel, etc. become an annoyance (usually my own fault).

There are other salt seeking animals but those listed are the big ones. Lots of hikers leave their tents open if they are exploring/summiting/whatever away from camp for the day (I never do). I know one dude who had hose and belts chewed off his truck by a porcupine while it sat at the trail head. Ranger said it was the salt thing which surprised me - didn't know that.


CSB - Maybe not the worst but the most interesting back country animal encounter I've had, with respect to camp invasions, was up in the Boundary Waters. For some reason we decided it would be cool to camp on this island in the middle of one of the larger lakes. That night, we were utterly swarmed by mice. I mean everywhere. They were constantly up and down the tent - crawling up one support, running across the tent, down the other support. Luckily we had buttoned up camp pretty good and had hard-sided containers for anything edible. Lesson learned - don't camp where the predators can't go.
 
2012-10-02 10:18:35 PM  

Gyrfalcon: UberDave: DoBeDoBeDo: UberDave: brap: Once a goat gets a taste for hand and bag salt, things get ugly. 
 
 
There's salt on the mountaineers, and it's like chum to these mountain sharks, they're workin' up to a full on salt frenzy, circling looking for a salty yam bag to gore and feast upon.


Heh! That's one of the reasons I try to sponge off every day while in the back country. There's several animals that will tear your camp apart to get at your sleeping bag.

Read that as "spooge off" and was curious as to how that deters animals. I mean if you say so I'll give it a go, but I'm just not sure it really works.


If you were an animal would you want to go near a human "spooging off"?!

Bears do, from what I've heard.


Dolphins too apparently.
 
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