Mountain goats are relative newcomers to Colorado—they were transplanted during six transplant operations between 1948 and 1972. The 55-60 original transplant animals grew to a statewide population estimate of almost 2,000 by 2005. As populations have increased, hunting has become more important for keeping mountain goat numbers in balance with available habitat. Either-sex licenses have been issued for several years; in a few Game Management Units (GMU), however, it has been difficult to meet population objectives without overharvesting males. Consequently, female-only mountain goat licenses may be issued at times in selected hunting units when female harvest on either-sex licenses is not adequate.
The Mountain Goat Gender Identification Guide (updated September, 2010) is provided to help mountain goat hunters identify male and female mountain goats. Hunters holding "female-only" mountain goat licenses must become familiar with gender identification of mountain goats to ensure proper harvest and help the Colorado Park and Wildlife (CPW) meet population objectives.
The Mountain Goat Gender Identification Quiz (updated September, 2010) consists of 20 non-scored questions with example photos to test your mountain goat gender identification skills. Quiz answers follow the questions and provide clues and notes as to what to look for in the photos.
Read the guide, then take the quiz. And good luck with your mountain goat hunt!