PORT ANGELES, Wash. (CBS) – It’s a move unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Wildlife officials in Washington State are relocating hundreds of mountain goats.
Dangling from a rope beneath a helicopter and wearing blindfolds, these goats are moving from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades.
Wildlife officials say the move is necessary because the goats have long posed a threat to native vegetation and to people visiting the park.
“These goats are not native here, they were introduced in the 20’s before we were a park,” said Olympic National Park Biologist Patti Happe. “They have learned to not be afraid of people because were a national park.”
About 350 mountain goats are expected to make the move.
Wildlife officials hope the transported goats will help boost a reduced population in their native habitat of the cascades.