Mountain goats make return to Central Oregon

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Associated Press

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 7:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 26 at 2:01 PM

BEND, Ore. (AP) — The mountain goat population appears to be growing on Central Oregon's Mount Jefferson, two years after Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs returned the high-climbing animals to the peak.

A second release this summer helped increase the number of Rocky Mountain goats on and around the 10,495-foot volcano.

The Bend Bulletin reports (http://bit.ly/12DgGP2 ) the goats seem to be successfully breeding and caring for new young.

Half of the mountain is on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation and the other half lies within the Willamette National Forest.

Overhunting wiped out the goats in the 1850s.

A separate program 10 years ago succeeded in reintroducing bighorn sheep to the Mutton Mountains

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