Between July 12th and July 14th, the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and Olympic National Park will conduct aerial surveys to collect mountain goat abundance data on Olympic Peninsula, including the eastern portion of Olympic National Forest. A Bell Jet Ranger helicopter will fly roughly 200-300 feet above ground level over mountain goat habitat, generally over 5,000 feet.
Surveys areas are: Mt. Ellinor, Mt. Washington, Copper Mountain,
Flapjack Lakes, Mt. Gladys, Mt. Henderson, Mt. Skokomish, Mt. Bretherton, Mt. Jupiter, Tunnel Creek, Mt. Constance, The Brothers, Marmot Pass, & Buckhorn Mountain.
Flights are 2-3 hrs long & should take each agency one day, weather depending.
Last surveys were in 2011. This new data will help update goat population estimates and assist in management efforts.