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.
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.