Blindfolded goats are slung under helicopters and flown to new home in Washington

Mail Online | 7/9/2019 | James Tweedie For Mailonline
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Wild goats have been airlifted from a national park in Washington state wearing blindfolds and lengths of garden hose on their horns.

Officials began rounding up the sure-footed but non-native mammals this week from remote parts of the park, where humans introduced them in the 1920s, to relocate them to the Cascade Mountains, where they do belong.

Capture - Specialists - 'gunners - 'muggers - Sedate

Animal capture specialists called 'gunners' and 'muggers' sedate the animals with darts or capture them in nets, blindfold them, pad their horns and fly them - on slings dangling from a helicopter - to a staging area.

There, they're looked over by veterinarians and outfitted with tracking collars before being trucked to the Cascades and once again flown by helicopter, this time into their new alpine habitats.

Relocations - Year - Stretch - Planning - Comment

The relocations began last year, following a years-long stretch of planning and public comment, with 115 of the roughly 725 mountain goats in the Olympics being moved to the Cascades.

Officials captured 17 Monday and Tuesday at the start of a two-week goat relocation period, including a kid about 6 weeks old, which got a ride on a mugger's lap inside the helicopter instead of hanging beneath it.

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