A Washington man was killed by a mountain goat while hiking in the Olympic National Park, according to BBC.
While hiking with his wife and a friend on the Klahhane Ridge of Olympic National Park, 63-year-old Robert Boardman was, unfortunately, impaled in the leg by a mountain goat.
He was carted by the US Coast Guard, via helicopter, to a hospital in Port Angeles and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Park rangers have since killed the ram, which was spotted quite easily because of the blood on its horns.
Olympic National Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes told the Peninsula Daily News that rangers have tried inducing fear of humans into the ram through a process they call “hazing”. The “hazing” involves shooting the goat with bean bags while throwing rocks at it. Their efforts have obviously been thwarted.
Until now, there have been no incidents involving the goat to warrant its death, Maynes added.
Upon meeting the ram, Boardman attempted to shoo the animal, but instead of politely obliging, the goat attacked Mr. Boardman.
According to Yahoo!, details remain sketchy at best and an investigation into the matter is underway.
After the incident, rangers threw stones at the goat to dissuade him.
According to BBC, around 300 mountain goats live in the Olympic National Park. Rams are only found in North America, standing about three feet at the shoulder and can weigh up to 300 pounds.
Probability Of Being Attacked
Mountain goat attacks are extremely rare, according to Maynes. In a statement to Yahoo!, she said, “We are not aware of anything like this ever happening at the park before.”
The fact of the matter: This was a freak attack; it’s extremely rare for a mountain goat to attack a human.
More About Mountain Goats
Mountain goats are naturally aggressive creatures, according to Wikipedia.
The nanny goat is typically more aggressive than the others, doing anything to protect her young. They often lay claim to the best, most suitable areas of the cliff.
Both male and female goats have beards, short bushy tails, and long black horns. Like a tree’s trunk, their horns contain yearly growth rings.
Mountain goats are all-around aggressive animals, but an attack on a human is quite rare. Their aggression is usually aimed toward their own species in turf or masculinity battles.
US Hiker Killed In Rare Attack By Mountain Goat: Officials – Yahoo!
Mountain Goat ‘Kills Hiker’ In Olympic National Park – BBC
Mountain Goat – Wikipedia