Field Fun Friday

GoatsRemote camera picture of two mountain goats heading up a ridge in Okanagan Mountain Park, British Columbia, near Kelowna. Prior to 2003 the were only a handful of goats in this Park, but after the 25,000 hectare fire of 2003 the goat population exploded. The fires allowed extensive shrub growth, providing great food for the goats. In addition, the removal of the trees opened sight lines in the Park, helping the goats spot predators from farther away. The post-fire increase of the goat population has been so successful that the goats now number in the hundreds here. This is a unique population of goats as they live in dry interior conditions, often summering below 3000 feet of elevation and experiencing Okanagan summer temperatures exceeding 30°C. Post by Clayton Lamb.