Mountain goat

Grand Teton National Park has used aerial gunning to remove a portion of its goat population, which drifted up from the Snake River Range animals.

Four days after contracted gunners wrapped up flights, Grand Teton National Park shared information about how many goats were killed in the Tetons before U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt intervened.

“Thirty-six of the approximately 100 mountain goats were removed,” the park announced in a series of bullet points emailed out Tuesday. “No additional aerial operations are planned. The closure of the central Teton Range is lifted.”

Grand Teton’s statement said they’re developing a “skilled volunteer culling program,” and that “trained volunteers” will get to it via "ground-based methods" as early as fall 2020.

A full story is planned for Wednesday's edition of the Jackson Hole News&Guide.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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Jim Olson


Nate Holt

How many of these 36 goats did the 'experts' recover and how many did they leave to rot?

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