Mountain Goats in the Bear River Range

Several organizations have opposed the introduction of mountain goats to the Bear River mountain range.
The biggest concern, although not the only one, is the damage the goats may make upon the 13 plant species unique to Logan Canyon and the range.

John Carter, Ecologist with the Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, gives good background in his 14 September email

Overview:
McCollum, Charles, Cache mountain goat transplant planned for fall; not everyone happy about it, Jul 17, 2020, https://www.hjnews.com/news/local/cache-mountain-goat-transplant-planned-for-fall-not-everyone-happy-about-it/article_5c5c3b9c-03a9-5add-9bb7-59acba4cfa22.html
Greene, Jack, Soapbox: Locals can still halt harmful mountain goat introduction, July 24, 2020, https://www.hjnews.com/opinion/columns/soapbox-locals-can-still-halt-harmful-mountain-goat-introduction/article_e85f7536-5201-55d7-b766-f089eb57d7ed.html

Maffly, Brian, Utah looks to expand mountain goat range, but at what cost to alpine landscapes?, The Salt Lake Tribune, August 23, 2020, https://www.sltrib.com/news/environment/2020/08/23/utah-looks-expand/

Utah Mountain Goat Statewide Management Plan, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Department of Natural Resources, https://wildlife.utah.gov/pdf/bg/mtn_goat_plan.pdf
Utah Mountain Goat Management Plan-Cache, Ogden, East Canyon, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Department of Natural Resources, August 2019, https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/dwr.mountain_goat_cache_ogden_east_canyon.pdf
O’Brien, Mary & Coles Ritcie, Marc, Systematic Degradation of Mount Peale Research Natural Area by Non-Native Mountain Goats, May 14, 2020, https://www.grandcanyontrust.org/damage-mount-peale-research-natural-area-non-native-mountain-goats
Questions regarding proposed introduction of Mountain Goats into the Logan Ranger District, Cache National Forest https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Questions-for-FS-DNR-USFWS-2020-08-03-1.pdf
Mountain Goat Sightings in the Bear River Mountain Range, Courtesy Utah Division of Wildlife Management, Shared by Mountain Goat Biologist Jace Taylor, https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Bear-River-Range-Mtn-Goat-Documentation-8-18-2020.pdf

Partners:
Yellowstone to Uintas Connection
Grand Canyon Trust
Utah Native Plant Society
Western Wildlife Conservancy
Cache Falley Chapter, Citizens’ Climate Lobby
Student Organization for Society and Natural Resources, Utah State University

Background Documents:
Memorandum of Understanding Between The State of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources And The USDA, Forest Service Intermountain Region, FS Agreement Number 13-MU-11046000-024, June 11, 2013, https://bridgerlandaudubon.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/utah-dwr-mou-2013.pdf

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah, Minimum Requirements Analysis – 11.28.2017, Bighorn Sheep and Mountain Goat disease study, Lone Peak, Twin Peaks, and Mount Timpanogos Wildernesses, https://www.fs.usda.gov/nfs/11558/www/nepa/104250_FSPLT3_4109661.pdf

The Wilderness Law
University of Montana: https://winapps.umt.edu/winapps/media2/wilderness/NWPS/documents/publiclaws/The_Wilderness_Act.pdf
U.S. Government Publishing Office: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/STATUTE-78/pdf/STATUTE-78-Pg890.pdf