Real Life Combat: Man vs. Goat

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A mountain goat that fatally gored a hiker over the weekend, then stood over the man and stared at people trying to help, has shown aggressive behavior in the past, Olympic National Park officials said Monday.

Rangers have been tracking the ram and others for the past four years because they have followed people or approached hikers without backing down, said park spokeswoman Barb Maynes.

“It has shown aggressive behavior, however, nothing led us to believe us it was appropriate to take the next level of removal,” she said. “This is a highly unusual. There’s no record of anything similar in this park. It’s a tragedy. We are taking it extremely seriously and doing our best to learn as much as we can.”

Park officials have posted signs at trailheads warning hikers to be watchful of all goats and to stay at least 100 feet from the animals. Hikers are also warned not to urinate on or near the trail, because goats are attracted to the salt.

Boardman was hiking with his wife, Susan Chadd, and their friend, Pat Willits, and had stopped for lunch at an overlook when the goat began acting aggressively toward them, the Peninsula Daily News reported.

Boardman urged the others to go ahead while he tried to get rid of the goat, according to the paper. The two heard him yell and ran back to help.

Hikers who came upon the group radioed for help. But it took nearly an hour before rescuers could reach Boardman because the goat stood over him as he lay motionless on the ground, according to the Seattle Times.

“The mountain goat was terribly aggressive,” Jessica Baccus, who was hiking with her family, told the Times. “It wouldn’t move. It stared us down.”

She and her husband, Bill Baccus, a park scientist, tried to lure the goat away by pelting the animal with rocks, shouting at it and using a silver reflective blanket to distract it. It finally moved away, and Jessica Baccus tried to give Boardman CPR until a local doctor who came upon the group took over, she told the Times.

There are several lessons here:

1) Why was he unarmed? It is so easy to carry a hiking staff. Why not have one on you? Note that the couple who tried to help him were also unarmed, clueless, and helpless.

How ironic is it that one guy who faced a bear survived, while the other guy was killed by a goat? What was the difference? The survivor armed himself. Even if it’s a zucchini, arm yourself.

2) Who are you trusting to save you? Too many people will say, “Carry a weapon? That’s crazy! Leave it to the professionals.” In this case the professionals had no idea that the goat was as dangerous as it was. Oops. I guess some hiker is dead. Hey, don’t worry, we’ll catch it next time.

The professionals always have some retarded tip to help save you. In this case, don’t urinate on the trail. Wow, that’s great! As long as I don’t pee on the trail I’m perfectly safe! “Stay 100 feet away.” Gee, thanks! Now I am impervious to grizzly bear attacks!

Ever noticed that these “safety tips” never involve arming yourself? In their minds it’s better for you to be the occasional guy who gets killed in a hideous manner than to be part of an armed public.



3 Responses to “Real Life Combat: Man vs. Goat”

  1. I think a better question is what style did the goat use? If we knew that maybe we could come up with a better counter-style. 😉 Way of the Intercepting Goat

    Sadly you are right, we live in a society that is afraid of the good guys having weapons when the bad guys are always armed (be it gun or horn/claw). It makes no sense.

  2. jimmyfatwing Says:

    Mindset also must play a part…..the will to survive WHATEVER the case!

  3. You are right about mindset, a weapon with out a mindset to use it is just a decoration. Better to have no weapon and the right mindset, than to have a weapon and no mindset when it comes time to use it. Ideally, those with a mindset to survive are also those with a mindset to study the danger in every activity they partake in and to prepare against those dangers with the proper tools.

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