Creature Feature – Rocky Mountain Goat


New creature feature in honor of the Black Hills mountain goat population survey coming up next weekend. If youโ€™re in the area (or are looking for a last minute roadtrip) and are interested in volunteering for the survey visit for more info.

Oreamnos americanus
Range: primarily the Rocky Mountains and Cascade Range
Height: about 3.5 feet at the shoulder
Weight: 100 to 300 pounds
Lifespan: 9 to 13 years in the wild. Up to 20 years in captivity.

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Creature Feature – Caribou


Rangifer tarandus
Range: Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Northern Europe, Northern Asia
Height: 30โ€“60 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 130โ€“600 pounds
Lifespan: up to 20 years

Caribou inhabit the tundra and boreal forests in Canada, the northern United States, Europe, and Asia. In Europe and the Russian Far East caribou are kept in herds and used for meat, fur, and milk. Tame caribou pull sleighs and carry loads. In Europe caribou are called reindeer. In the United States a small domesticated type of caribou is called a reindeer.

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