There are some days when it’s awfully hard to trawl through the news. And then I find a gem.
The U.S. Forest Service announced on Friday that the Scotchman Peak Trail will be temporarily closed due to recent encounters between hikers and aggressive mountain goats.
Goats were there first. They have established that they have the right of way. No, that’s not quite right. The goats, like many wild animals, have become problematic because they are acclimated to humans who feed them. Being attacked by a goat can be fatal. This is no joke.
“Feeding wild animals is dangerous and selfish behavior. It not only puts the individual providing the food in danger, it also puts everyone else in danger. Feeding creates an expectation of salt or food from anyone that hikes to the top of the peak,” Mary Terra-Berns, a former Fish & Game biologist…